Prenatal Care LA County

Claris’ prenatal care in LA County combines regular medical check-ups with group-based prenatal and postpartum care. Contact us to learn more.

Prenatal & Postpartum Care LA County

What: Prenatal and postpartum care is offered to patients who qualify for our program. We also offer group-based prenatal care, based on the Centering Pregnancy model, to qualifying patients at Claris’ Lynwood clinic facility. This model of prenatal care brings patients out of the exam room and into a group setting, which also helps build a community of support. Groups are typically formed with 4-10 women of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Groups begin in their first trimester of pregnancy and include the standard 10 prenatal visits.

Who: Pregnant women who enroll during their first trimester of pregnancy.  Patients must have Medi-Cal insurance.

Why: There’s a reason why 96% of women prefer receiving their prenatal care in a Centering Group. You will have greater access to your provider, learn more about pregnancy, and be better equipped for birth within a supportive network of moms.

Cost: No cost for Medi-Cal patients. Contact us to check eligibility or to discuss payment options for non Medi-Cal patients.


Clinician's Note

Since many of these early pregnancy symptoms mimic symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), it’s recommended that you take a home pregnancy test or be seen by a healthcare provider.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be replied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.


Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. In this case, we recommend waiting to take a pregnancy test until your period is late.

When the sperm penetrates an egg during conception, your body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Urine-based pregnancy tests detect the presence of hCG in your body which is an indication of a possible pregnancy.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) are often called the “morning after pill.” In the United States, there are two kinds of ECPs. One is called Plan B One-Step. The other is called Next Choice. ECP should prevent pregnancy from occurring, but must be used soon after unprotected intercourse to be effective.  If you are already pregnant, none of the Emergency contraceptive pills have been shown to harm the health of the fetus.  If you have not had your period within a week of expecting it, you should take a pregnancy test. 

According to after you have taken ECPs, your next period may come sooner or later than normal. Most women will get their period within 7 days of the expected date. Your period also may be heavier, lighter, or more spotty than normal. If you do not get your period in 3 weeks or if you think you might be pregnant after taking ECPs, take a pregnancy test.


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