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Women Infants and Children (WIC)


Family Planning | Resource Mothers | BabyCare

woman and infantWomen, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps mothers and young children stay healthy and eat properly. WIC helps women, infants and children during times of important growth and helps women and children get the nutrition services and foods that they need to stay healthy. The WIC program serves eligible women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or have just given birth, infants less than one year old, and children less than five years old.

WIC provides:

  • Nutrition education
  • Private and group sessions with a nutrition expert
  • Support and help with breastfeeding
  • Referrals to other services that can help you and your family (e.g. immunizations, health care, dental care)
  • Healthy recipes
  • Access to healthy foods

To be eligible for WIC you must:
Meet categorical eligibility which includes: infants from birth to age one, children up until they turn five, and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have just given birth. In addition, you must be a Virginia resident, be financially eligible, and be at nutritional risk.

(Ref: VDH Your WIC Participant Handbook)

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Family Planning

Our Family Planning (FP) program provides clients with reproductive health care in order to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.  Our services attend to client’s proposed or adopted method of contraception, general reproductive health and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

 FP provides the following services:

  • Establish client medical record*
  • Testing- pregnancy/sexually transmitted infections/urinalysis
  • Contraceptive injections/methods education
  • Gynecological exams
  • Blood pressure evaluation

*Client medical records are confidential, accessible only to authorized staff and secured when not in use that records clinical findings, diagnostic and therapeutic orders, documentation of continuing care, referral and follow-up.

Costs for services are based on a sliding scale and some insurance plans are accepted.

Resource Mothers

The Resource Mothers program is a free home visiting program for pregnant and parenting teens.  Resource Mothers (RM) are lay community health workers who mentor pregnant teens through this difficult time in their lives and help them transition to parenthood.  RM’s can help teen keep medical appointments, stay in school or continue working, early childhood education and safety and resolve day to day problems.  In addition, a RM can help a teen get needed services, such as prenatal and pediatric care, Medicaid/FAMIS, WIC and food stamps, housing and job placement, and classes on Teen Pre-natal Care, Car Seat Safety and obtaining a GED.

Resource Mothers provide ways to achieve good pregnancy outcomes.

RM provides the following services:

  • Care coordination – pre-natal/pediatric
  • Support
  • Activities/Training

BabyCare

Pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes need a variety of services to ensure they have healthy babies and the tools to become good mothers.  They may need transportation, prenatal care, medication, nutritional counseling, substance abuse treatment, smoking cessation classes and child development education.  It is often difficult for women to receive the level of care they need when these services are offered by many different community organizations.

BabyCare provides pregnant women with the support and services needed through intensive case management and coordination of care.  The program aims to improve birth outcomes by ensuring pregnant women and infants receive all the services they need. 

To be eligible for BabyCare you must:

Meet low income guidelines


Last Updated: 12-16-2011

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