Healthy Parents & Babies

Helping families get off to a strong start

 

Inspire Minds. Change Lives.

The Ounce Healthy Parents & Babies Program is a home visiting program that offers support and coaching to pregnant women, young parents and children birth through age 3. A doula will coach you through pregnancy and the first few weeks of your baby’s life. This will help you develop healthy habits prior to birth, prepare for a successful pregnancy, labor and delivery, and create strong bonds with your baby. We’ll empower you to make the right decisions for you with your doctor and advocate for your child’s health throughout their first 3 years.

Once your baby is born, your family will transition from a doula to a home visitor who will help you continue building a strong relationship with your baby, creating a safe and stimulating home environment, developing healthy eating routines for the family and connecting to health care resources. You will learn activities and habits that will stimulate brain development in your child to help them flourish.

Other program benefits include:

  • Prenatal and parent group meetings
  • Events to socialize and interact with other children and parents
  • Literacy events
  • Male involvement groups
  • Limited transportation assistance
  • Services for children with special needs

Healthy Parents & Babies serves children and families prenatally through birth to age three. Women must be pregnant to enter the program, but can be of any age and any stage of pregnancy. Program participation is not limited to first-time mothers or first-time participants in the program. Participants must meet Early Head Start income eligibility guidelines.

To enroll, please contact Diana McClarien at 773.358.6494 or dmcclarien@theounce.org.