Norton Sound Health Corporation offers a range of programs to support healthy mothers, children and families. The Maternal and Child Health Department provides case management and education for obstetric patients in the region.
The Prematernal Home is a home away from home for women who must travel from their villages to Nome to give birth. The Prematernal Home, which can accommodate 10 women, provides education, good nutrition, and a safe, drug-free environment for the obstetric patients of the Norton Sound region. The Prematernal Home is staffed 24 hours a day and offers classes on topics such as childbirth, fetal alcohol syndrome, healthy living and prevention of child injury and abuse.
The Infant Learning Program provides services to promote growth and development of children under three. Program staff visit villages across the Bering Strait region based on children’s needs and the number of referrals in a village. Children who qualify for services may have been born prematurely, experience developmental delays, or have a diagnosed disability such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as WIC – provides services to low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are nutritionally at risk. WIC offers nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care . NSHC’s Social Services Department can assist patients with referral to the WIC program.