Pregnancy & Childbirth Support Services

Comprehensive Support Services for Mothers, Babies & Families

The moment you learn you’re pregnant, your life changes forever. We’re here to help you manage those changes and achieve your goals of a healthy pregnancy, comfortable birthing experience and smooth transition home with your infant. Our support services start with free pregnancy testing and extend to ongoing education and medical treatment to keep you and your baby healthy.

Free Pregnancy Testing

University offers free pregnancy tests at all of our outpatient women’s clinics. If your test is positive, you will meet with one of our expert clinicians to explain your results and answer your questions. One of our helpful patient navigators will provide you with a welcome packet that tells you about everything we can offer you and your baby throughout this journey.

Patient Navigators & Perinatal Coordinators

Patient navigators and perinatal coordinators are available to assist you throughout your pregnancy.

Patient navigators walk you through the whole prenatal process and can help you arrange transportation to and from your appointments.

Our perinatal coordinators are specially trained nurses for high-risk pregnancies who coordinate and attend appointments with you, if you’d like, to help you ask questions and express your concerns to your medical team.


This unique program offers group prenatal care for mothers who share your delivery month. You also will receive extensive one-on-one care from an expert University Health System midwife or nurse practitioner, plus additional guidance on newborn care, nutrition and much more. University is the only nonmilitary health system in South Texas to offer the CenteringPregnancy program.

Lactation Consultants

If you want to breastfeed, we will make sure you connect with one of our certified lactation consultants. These experts can coach you in nursing best practices and help you overcome any difficulties you may encounter.

Nurse-Family Partnership

How would you like a Registered Nurse to help you navigate the first two years of your baby’s life? Our free Nurse-Family Partnership program offers just that. If you live in Bexar County, are pregnant with your first child and meet certain income requirements, you can partner with a specially trained nurse to help you:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
  • Become a better parent
  • Build a strong network of support for you and your baby
  • Make your home a safe place for your baby to live and play
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in your community
  • Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills
  • Set goals for your family’s future and find ways to help you reach them

To take advantage of these benefits, you must enroll before your 28th week of pregnancy. Call 210-358-5894 to see if you qualify.

Interpreter Services

University’s mission is to serve the diverse communities throughout South Texas. We provide interpreter services to help you and your care team effectively communicate throughout your pregnancy. In addition, many of our team members — including nurses and doctors — come from diverse backgrounds. They understand and respect your cultural values as well as your language.

Financial Assistance

At University, we want every child born in South Texas to get the best possible start in life. We believe that begins with prenatal care for mom, along with a great birthing experience at our hospital. To help families obtain the care they need throughout pregnancy and childbirth, we will work to connect you with various funding sources to assist you with the cost of care. This way you can focus on your pregnancy, not financial hardship.