The goal of Kaiser Permanente’s Early Start is to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby About Early Start Meet Our Specialists Helpful Resources Contact Us The goal of Early Start is to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Early Start counselors provide one-on-one education, support, and resources tailored to fit each patient’s individual needs. Patients are eligible for the program based on their lab results, their screening questionnaires or by direct referral from their medical care provider. Some patients are seen only once, while others continue to receive support throughout their pregnancy. The appointment times typically range from 30-60 minutes. The pregnancy counselors share prenatal and postpartum support resources in addition to reviewing the questionnaire about substance use before pregnancy. The Early Start Program is an example of Kaiser Permanente’s holistic approach to health and wellness and is an important part of your comprehensive prenatal care. Next: Meet Our Specialists Meet Our Specialists Early Start specialists provide one-on-one education, support, and resources tailored to fit each patient’s individual needs. Topics covered in Early Start appointments may include: the importance of avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well as general pregnancy information, Kaiser Permanente classes, stress reduction techniques, pregnancy leave information, and mother/baby resources. For the patient’s convenience, Early Start appointments are booked in conjunction with routine prenatal appointments whenever possible. » Meet your local Early Start specialists Next: Helpful Resources Resources Kaiser Permanente Pregnancy Site Kaiser Permanente Pregnancy Classes What is Safe During Pregnancy? March of Dimes “Is It Safe” covers many specific substances from household cleaners and pet supplies to prescription and street drugs and explains what may be of concern for your baby. Stress Management Stress During Pregnancy Guided Imagery Podcasts for Pregnancy Steps for Progressive Relaxation Pregnancy and Depression Next: Contact Us The Early Start Regional Team Amy Conway, MPH, Regional Director Deborah Ansley, MD, Medical Director Allison Ettenger, Managerial Consultant Karis Coleman, Program Manager Linda Ely, Senior Consulting Associate Journie Hurley, Department Secretary Contact Us For questions about the Early Start Program, send us a quick message: Name* Email* Phone*Comment or feedback*EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.