Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies provides access to care and education for pregnant women in Palm Beach County regardless of race, ethnicity, age or income. Our goal is for pregnant women to enter prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy so that their babies are born healthy, safe and strong.
We are grateful for support from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County which provides funding to make many of our programs available to the community.
Our Impact in Palm Beach County
In 2013, nearly twenty-five percent of pregnant women in Palm Beach County delivered babies having had little to no prenatal care. This lack of care leaves their newborn babies at a heightened risk for low birth weight, developmental delays, special needs and infant mortality. Here are some of the ways we are working to ensure that pregnant women are receiving early and consistent prenatal care.
Service Coordination & Health Care Navigation
In 2013, HMHB provided screening and assessment to 2,946 pregnant women. An additional 856 pregnant women were connected to a medical home and a payment source as well as other social services.
496 pregnant women participated in this group prenatal program in 2013. Earlier that same year, HMHBs Lantana CenteringPregnancyTM program became site certified.
8,524 new moms were reached in 2013 with direct contact by HMHB. These moms were given one-to-one support on prenatal care and education throughout their entire pregnancy.
Nearly 30 free childbirth classes were held in 2013. A total of 241 pregnant women participated throughout the year.
Health Education for Teens
7,071 middle and high school students received health education in local schools in 2013 by HMHB.
In 2013, HMHB staff participated in 138 community outreach events and gave 90 presentations to local community groups.
Emergency Pantry for Moms
In 2013, HMHB helped more than 300 local families with diapers, wipes and essentials for babies.
In early 2013, HMHB formed the first networking group for professional moms. The group of nearly twenty-five women (and growing) discusses issues related to the work/mom balance and are developing a mentoring program for local teen moms. This Teen Mom Mentoring Initiative is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2014.