As of 5/2021
There are helpful resources for individuals with barriers to healthcare access in other sections of this website (testing under “Health Info”, and many under “Communities”) that can also apply to mothers-to-be. Note that Bread for the City (free COVID-19 testing and free primary care) does not offer prenatal care.
- Most low-income women in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are eligible for Medicaid when they become pregnant, opening access to all clinics in the DMV area that accept Medicaid patients.
- For more information about medicaid eligibility in your area or to apply, please call or see the appropriate website:
In addition, there are many clinics and healthcare centers in the area that take insurance but do not require it. They offer free, discounted, or sliding fee scale payments. This is helpful if for some reason you are not eligible for Medicaid, or while waiting for your application to be processed. Because of COVID-19 many of these health centers are not accepting walk-ins, so it is important to call beforehand. There is more information on the DC Department of Health Website and on each of these healthcare centers’ individual websites:
- Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center – (202) 546-1018 – Free pregnancy testing, mentoring, childbirth and parenting classes.
- La Clinica del Pueblo – (202) 462-4788 – Sliding Fee Scale based on income and family size. Limited prenatal appointments are still being offered.
- Community of Hope – (202)-398-5520 – Sliding Fee Scale based on income. Prenatal visits, care for newborns in clinic. Pregnancy support groups over zoom.
- Forestville Pregnancy Center – (301) 423-0063 – Free pregnancy testing, prenatal vitamins, ultrasounds, pregnancy education classes.
- Mary’s Center – (202) 483-8196 – Discounted fees and they will help you apply for public benefits. Sonography clinic, prenatal appointments.
- The Northwest Center – (202) 483-7008 – Free pregnancy testing, options counseling, referrals to community resources.
- Unity Health Care – (202) 469-4699 – Sliding Fee Scale based on income. Some providers are doing telemedicine prenatal visits, some are doing in person prenatal visits.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is still going on but NOT in person. Call for information and go to this website to see if you qualify.