SHHP | Perinatal Case Management
Currently located in Northern and Central Louisiana, our perinatal case managers connect pregnant women living with syphilis to medical services and community-based resources, and provide care coordination to promote adequate, timely syphilis treatment and reduce the risk of re-infection during pregnancy to prevent future cases of congenital syphilis.
Eligibility: Patients must live in a region with a perinatal case manager and cannot be currently incarcerated.
What is Congenital Syphilis?
A case of congenital syphilis (CS) occurs when a mother living with inadequately treated syphilis passes the infection on to her infant in utero or during delivery.
This may result in stillbirth, death of the newborn, or significant future health and developmental problems.
Congenital syphilis is completely preventable through early detection of maternal syphilis and treatment that begins at least 30 days before delivery.
Current treatment guidelines are below:
East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana Parishes
Lafayette, Evangeline, Saint Landry, Acadia, Saint Martin, Iberia, Vermilion and Saint Mary Parishes
Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Red River and DeSoto Parishes
Ouachita, Union, Lincoln, Jackson, Caldwell, Richland, Morehouse, Franklin, West Carroll, East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes
Outreach and Community Engagement
Our perinatal case managers meet with patients one on one and offer sexual and reproductive education. This also allows them to identify and address any resource needs, especially those that may affect a current pregnancy. This also allows them to identify and address any resource needs, especially those that may affect a current pregnancy. This includes linking patients to services such as prenatal care, WIC and the Nurse Family Partnership. Our perinatal case managers connect with their clients at least once per month and follow them to delivery. Through their efforts, our perinatal case managers have strengthened outreach efforts related to PrEP and HIV, along with relationships with local providers and community-based agencies.