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MOMS Program
Medicaid Obstetrical and Maternal Services


Welcome to the MOMS Program!
Promoting the birth of healthy babies to pregnant women living in Tompkins County.

(607) 274-6604

PREGNANT WOMEN who meet certain income guidelines can receive NYS Medicaid for their pregnancy, delivery and for at least two months after delivery. Their baby is also covered under NYS Medicaid for the first year of life. The MOMS program serves Medicaid eligible pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and after delivery.

MOMS Income Eligibility
Family Size Monthly Gross Family Income
2 $2,961
3 $3,734
4 $4,507
5 $5,280
6 $6,053
7 $6,826
8 $7,599

   *A pregnant woman counts as 2!

Your First Appointment

If you are pregnant and live in Tompkins County, you may be eligible. Call (607) 274-6604 to schedule an appointment. You will meet with a Community Health Nurse who will help you with:

  • Free pregnancy testing 
  • Health Insurance application
  • Enrollment into the WIC program
  • Make an appointment with a participating OBGYN

Your MOMS Nurse

After you are enrolled into our program, you will be assigned a Community Health Nurse. She will contact you to make appointments for home visits during your pregnancy and after delivery. The number of visits may vary according to necessity. At each visit during your pregnancy, your MOMS nurse will:

  • Assess your blood pressure, weight, and nutrition
  • Listen to your baby’s heart beat
  • Review how your pregnancy is going
  • Prepare for your labor and delivery
  • Start you on the path to successful breastfeeding

FREE Childbirth Classes

As a MOMS participant you will be offered convenient childbirth education classes for you and your birthing partner at the Health Department office located at 55 Brown Road, Ithaca NY. Community Health Nurses teach the classes which cover the following topics:

  • Labor and delivery
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication Options
  • Creating your birth plan
  • Newborn care
  • Breastfeeding

A tour of Cayuga Birth Place, located at Cayuga Medical Center, is arranged for all participants!

Breastfeeding Support

Your Community Health Nurse is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She can answer your questions about breastfeeding and help you to become a successful breastfeeding mother. Your nurse will also visit you after your baby is born to weigh your baby, ask how feedings are going and answer any questions you may have about yourself and your newborn. For more information on breastfeeding, click here.

The MOMS Program CARES

We care about the health of pregnant moms and their babies! That’s why we offer:

  • Care: Nursing care begins with your very first visit and concludes with a post-partum visit with you and your baby in your home.
  • Assistance: in obtaining a physician, accessing Medicaid, WIC and other community services and programs.
  • Resources: information on pregnancy, nutrition, labor, delivery, baby care and infant growth and development.
  • Education: free Childbirth Education classes and access to our book and video library.


Contact us!

Make your first appointment today. Call (607) 274-6604.

If you are currently enrolled in our program, feel free to call your MOMS Nurse between scheduled visits with any pregnancy, infant and/or breastfeeding questions that you may have.

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