The program is designed to decrease the infant mortality rate and low birth weights among teen mothers. The program mentors pregnant teenagers up to the age of 19, from the prenatal period until the infant's first birthday in a home visiting format. To improve birth outcomes for the teen and the baby, the program encourages early entry into prenatal care, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol avoidance, healthy nutrition, up-to-date immunizations for the teen and the baby, regular health care for the infant, return to school or work for the teen, delay of repeat pregnancy and the development of a stable home for the teen and her baby with the help of her family and the baby’s father. Any pregnant teen is eligible for enrollment but preference is given to the first time pregnant teen.
The Resource Mother is a Community Health worker who develops a mentoring relationship with the teen and her family. From the prenatal period through the infant’s first birthday, the resource mother provides health education, discusses ways to prevent infant injury, models daily living skills, encourages constructive decision making and life-planning, connects the teen to community resources and provides guidance to assist the teen in making a successful transition to parenthood.
Goals of this program include some of the following:
Calls & comes to visit often
She answers questions and helps her clients work on problem solving
Refers to needed services
Shares information and health education
Help keep medical appointments for teen and her baby
Works with clients to ensure health insurance and a medical home
Makes a difference in the lives of young women and children
Stay Teen.org, Teen Health.org, Teen wire.com
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