How to Find Support
In the months ahead, you’ll be getting ready for your baby to arrive. You will need to take care of yourself, too. That’s a lot to do! A good support system of caring people and places can really help.
- The key to good health for you and your baby is health care. Prenatal care from a trained health care provider is crucial. Your health care provider is whoever does your health care, like a doctor, nurse, or clinic. Now is the time to find a provider for your prenatal care. They will do your prenatal checkups. They are the first place to call with questions and concerns.
- Can’t afford health care? Medicaid or CHIP may pay (even if you were denied before you became pregnant). We can help you apply for Medicaid and other free or low-cost health care.
- Besides your health care provider, other people can help, too. The law says every baby’s father must help support the child. We have the facts about child support. Besides paying child support, a baby’s father may help a lot, a little, or not at all. We have info and services for fathers-to-be who want to be involved.
- Feel free to call us or come by for info – or if you just need someone to talk to. Friends, family, and other contacts can be a big part of your support system, too. Would a friend or family member give you a ride to checkups? Or go with you if you want moral support? Ask them to be on your team. Make a list of names and numbers for you “help team”. Add your health care provider’s phone number, too.
- Most pregnant women and moms have to work full or part time. We have info about child care and keeping (or finding) a job. Are you in school or college? We can help you stay on track. If you can’t or didn’t finish high school, GED may be an option. We can help you find a GED course near you.
Other ways to support a healthy pregnancy.
- Get the latest info in classes on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
We have free classes for parents-to-be and new parents, and info about other classes in your area.
- Try WIC for free, healthy food. WIC has free breastfeeding classes and supplies, too.
Call WIC at 1-800-311-BABY (2229). We can help you apply for WIC and other support, like:
- Free or low-cost housing
- SNAP food benefits
- Cash Assistance (TANF)
- Or, call 211 to find out about help in your area.
- We have information about churches, neighborhood centers, and other places with food, clothes, and other free items. Check with us to find out more.
- Remember, support comes in many forms. We care. And we’ll help you find the help you need.
We offer a variety of FREE & EASILY-ACCESSIBLE services for pregnant women and parents of