When you learn you’re pregnant, there are a lot of things to consider. These links offer supportive advice on the topics many young moms will find themselves wondering how to approach.
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According to its website, “The Office of Head Start (OHS) helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote children’s development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being.”
Some states offer child care programs at little or no cost to low-income families. This website will put you in contact with your local agency that will inform you of eligibility requirements.
Your pregnancy and post-pregnancy health and your baby’s development
Your local health department will know what programs are available in your state that can provide you assistance before and after the birth of your baby.
Medicaid may also be able to help with medical costs before and after the birth of your baby.
WIC offers nutritional support programs to low-income mothers-to-be, moms and their families.
SNAP also offers nutritional support to low-income mothers-to-be, moms and their families.
This page on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ website provides information on what kind of child support you and your baby are eligible for based on the state you live in. There is also a list of links at the bottom of the page to detailed state specific guidelines.
La Leche League International (LLLI) –This is an international support group for breastfeeding mothers.