Better Birth Outcomes

BBO offers a standardized prenatal education curriculum to high-risk pregnant women in targeted areas of the state that emphasizes the importance of regular prenatal medical care visits, home visits each trimester active in the program, and monthly engagement with the BBO case manager for continued prenatal education; care coordination and communication with the client's prenatal medical provider. The program emphasizes on reproductive life planning and health benefits associated with the delay of subsequent pregnancy impacts Illinois' infant mortality rate and rates of prematurity in Medicaid-eligible pregnant women. Women are enrolled in BBO through the duration of pregnancy up to six weeks postpartum.

Services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Intensive case management services to high-risk pregnant women.
  • Delivery of the Department's standardized Prenatal Health Education Curriculum in its provision of prenatal education to all enrolled women.
  • A completed comprehensive needs assessment and receive a case management care plan within forty-five (45) calendar days of enrollment with appropriate referrals needed and recommended services.
  • Linkage and assistance with enrollment in the WIC program if eligible.
  • At least one home visit per trimester of pregnancy to ensure a safe home environment and provide education and referral to services that may be needed.
  • Direct face-to-face contacts monthly throughout duration in the program .
  • Assistance with communication with the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MMCO) to arrange for transportation to medical appointments when necessary.