Resource Mothers is designed to decrease infant mortality and low birth weight rates among Virginia’s teen mothers. The program was created to improve birth outcomes for the teen and the baby. Resource Mothers encourages early entry into prenatal care, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol avoidance, healthy nutrition, up-to-date immunizations for baby and mom, 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 family and the baby’s father.
The resource mother is a community health worker who develops a supportive 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. The resource mother has weekly contact with the teen and her family.
Any pregnant teen is eligible for the program. Preference is given to first-time pregnant teens without adequate family support.
Program Services and Mentoring
|Early entry into prenatal care||Smoking cessation|
|Drug and alcohol avoidance||Up-to-date immunizations for the teen and the baby|
|Healthy eating||Regular health care|
|Return to school or work for the teen||Stable home development for the teen and her baby with the help of her family and the baby’s father|
|Delay/spacing of a repeat pregnancy||Breastfeeding|
|Mental Health Screening for depression||Domestic Violence Screening|
Who is eligible?
Any pregnant teen with preference given to first time pregnant teens within adequate family support.
Community health workers known as “Resource Mothers” provide a supportive mentoring relationship with the teen and her family and help them make the transition to parenthood through intensive home visiting. These adult role models, who have successfully raised their own children and receive rigorous prenatal and child development training, assist the teen throughout her pregnancy and up to the baby’s first birthday.
Community Health Workers
|Health education using the Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum||Discussions on ways to prevent infant injury|
|Modeling techniques for daily living skills||Encouragement to teen on constructive decision making and life-planning|
|Connects the teen to community resources||Guidance to assist the teen in making a successful transition to parenthood|