Pregnant Moms

Pregnant mothers and expecting fathers enrolled in the Early Head Start Home-Based Program receive service options through the child’s first three years of life.

Early, continuous supports and services provide the best opportunity for:

  • Healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes.
  • Supportive postpartum care for the parents and child.
  • Fully involving fathers in the lives of their very young children.
  • Nurturing and responsive care during infancy.

Riverbend’s Early Head Start program provides prenatal information through classes, support groups, and home visits on the following subjects:

  • fetal development, including the risks from smoking and alcohol
  • labor and delivery
  • the benefits of breastfeeding
  • lactation consultant services
  • infant massage

Our Health Advocate will meet with an expectant mom at least once a month.  During these visits, clients will receive prenatal education, maternal health monitoring, and PMAD assessments. PMAD refers to perinatal (or postpartum) mood & anxiety disorders. Clients will also receive oral health education and transportation services. 

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