Resource Mothers

RESOURCE MOTHERS

Resource Mothers provides free bi-lingual mentoring and support services to first-time pregnant teens ages 19 and under, living in the City of Richmond, through a curriculum based approach.

 

The goals of the Resource Mothers program are:

  • Reduce infant mortality
  • Prevent low-weight births and repeat pregnancies
  • Encourage early and regular pre-natal care
  • Ensure on-schedule immunizations for infants by their first birthday
  • Delay second pregnancy

RESOURCE MOTHERS can help you with all of the following, free of charge:

  • Access to early prenatal care
  • Learn about Medicaid, WIC, and other community resources
  • Build strong parenting skills
  • Finish school, obtain GED, and assist in gaining skills to become more employable
  • Involve family and others in creating a stable, nurturing home for your child
  • Develop a plan for baby’s care while teen is at work or school
  • Attend free classes such as car seat training and breastfeeding
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Develop healthy eating habits
  • Include early literacy in your child’s life and receive free books
  • Receive a free car seat for your baby after safety seat training
  • Delay future pregnancies until you are better able to care for yourself and your child
  • Support in continuing education

Here are some things that you should know:

Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding is Best (March of Dimes)

KEY POINTS

  • Breast milk is the best food for your baby during the first year of life. It helps your baby grow healthy and strong.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from many illnesses. Breastfed babies have fewer health problems than babies who aren’t breastfed.
  • Your breast milk changes as your baby grows so he gets exactly what he needs at the right time.
  • It’s best to feed your baby only breast milk for at least 6 months.

Teen Testimonials

“At first I didn’t like breastfeeding because it hurt a lot, but it got better with time.  I liked how my baby responded to breastfeeding and how he always had a glow and a look of peace on his face, like I’m good, I’m ok.”  …Ny’Dasia Taylor (Teen Mom)

“Breastfeeding is not hard.  It’s the best feeling ever especially when you know your child is getting the best nutrition and you won’t have to worry about them getting sick a lot and having stomach problems in the future.  It’s easy and it’s helpful for you and the baby.” …Ashanti Berry (Teen Mom)

 

Having a Baby as a Teenager

Having a Baby as a Teenager brings about lots of changes.  The Resource Mother will provide a combination of social support, education, and practical assistance as the teen experiences the crisis of a teen pregnancy and makes the transition to parenthood.  Resource Mothers share their knowledge about community resources, pregnancy, parenting, child development, and healthy relationships to name some of the topics covered in our curriculum.  The Resource Mother visits with the pregnant teen at least twice monthly at a time that is convenient for the teen.  She provides information and helps the teen plan for her medical appointments, prepare for the new baby’s arrival, learn ways to keep herself and her baby healthy and develop plans for the future such as furthering her education or preparing for employment.  After the baby is born, the Resource Mother will continue to visit until the baby is one year old.

TEXT4BABY

WHAT IS TEXT4BABY?  If you’re pregnant or have a baby under one year, you can sign up to receive FREE text messages on prenatal care, infant care, and more. En Espanol.

You’ll receive three text messages each week, timed to your due date or your baby’s first birthday.  Messages begin during your pregnancy and go through your baby’s first year.  You’ll get information on

  • prenatal and infant care,
  • immunization,
  • developmental milestones,
  • nutrition,
  • oral health,
  • quitting smoking,
  • safety, and more.

All messages you receive from text4baby are free!  Even if you don’t have a text messaging plan, you can get these messages at no cost.  If you have limited texting per month, text4baby won’t take away from your total number of messages.  All major U.S. mobile phone companies are participating in text4baby.  To see a full list, visit www.text4baby.org.

Looking for information on medicines and pregnancy?  The FDA Office of Women’s Health has free materials and videos to help you make good choices about the medicines and other products that are safe for you and your baby.  Learn more at:  www.fda.gov/pregnancy.

Information You Need

Reduce The Risk Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Samantha Dockery
Program Coordinator
samantha.dockery@vdh.virginia.gov
804-205-3677