Prenatal Services and Parenting for Teens and Young Parents

YWCA Healthy Families is a voluntary evidence-based home visiting program that offers services to expectant teens and young parents with what to expect and how to promote the development of their new baby.

The program serves first-time pregnant teens and young parents residing in Winnebago County. The mother or the father of the baby must be ethnically Latino/Hispanic.

Each family is assigned to a Family Support Worker who is the family’s main point of contact and is there to provide the support needed by easing anxiety felt by parents, answering questions about feeding and sleeping habits, helping families understand their child’s personality, providing parenting tips to match their child’s needs, helping their child prepare for Preschool, showing parents activities to help their child develop and grow, and connect parents to resources in their community.

Families entering the program during the prenatal stage receive classes and education focused on fetal development, how to prepare for labor and delivery, relieving pain and pain medications, nutrition, expected changes in body, how to care for baby, and other information regarding birth and baby care. Once the baby is born, the Family Support Worker continues to provide education, guidance and support every step of the way until the child is ready for pre-school.

There is no cost to the program and the Family Support Worker provides all the materials and supplies needed for each session.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Age 21 or under
  • Pregnant or Baby less than 90 days old
  • Baby of Latino/Hispanic descent
  • Voluntarily accepts program
  • Living in Winnebago County
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This program was made possible in part by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which authorizes the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV).Bottom of Form