â€œHealthy Moms, Healthy Babesâ€ perinatal program reaches women who face challenges to having a healthy pregnancy & families transitioning to parenting a new baby. A group drop-in format provides education, information, nutrition supplements, lay counseling, social connections, support services & links to other community resources through several core components:
â€¢social time for participants to share information with each other & build relationships that will support them
â€¢ healthy lunch prepared by nutrition worker who engages families to assist with lunch, learn food budgeting & cooking skills
â€¢parent education/discussion/activity sessions on variety of perinatal topics provided by program facilitator or community service providers
â€¢support services such as transportation to & from group; child care during parent education sessions
â€¢one to one support for discussion of individual concerns, distribution of food and nutrition supplements, weighing of infants/women, referrals to other agencies, etc.
Individual support is also offered through limited home visits.