7 Community Maternity Resources in Philly That You Probably Didn't Know About
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Originally featured in Spring/Summer Edition of The Philly Baby Bump Guide

 

Philadelphia is home to a number of free community programs and resources that are available for new and expectant moms:

 

1. MoMobile: Provides “case management, family support, and health education to pregnant and parenting women through the babies 1st birthday. Community health workers make home visits, linking women to prenatal care, behavioral health services, nutrition programs, education, and other community resources. ” 1 Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties; 215-972-0700

 

2. Cribs for Kids: Provides “needy families in Philadelphia with cribs to help reduce deaths due to SIDS and improper sleep environment. Cribs are provided to families who otherwise are unable to purchase one. Also provides education and training on proper sleep position and sleep environment to families receiving a crib.” 2 215-989-3589

 

3. Philadelphia Healthy Start:  Program is part of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and provides “case management, home visiting, and health education to help pregnant women get the care they need to have healthy babies.” 3 Examples include helping women find family planning services, prenatal care, and pediatric care. 215-685-5268

 

4. Early Head Start (EHS): “A child development and family support program for pregnant women living in Philadelphia and families with children less then 3 years old. Provides weekly parent-child interaction in the family’s home, play groups twice a month, and info on health and nutrition”. 4 1228 N. Frankin Street; 215-223-5200

 

5. Nurse-Family Partnership: A program for women having their first baby. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides “regular home visits with a registered nurse during pregnancy, these visits continue until the baby is two years old. To qualify, participants must be having their first baby, be no more than 28 weeks pregnant, want to participate, live in Philadelphia, and meet the income requirements. There is NO COST for the program.” 5  To enroll: 215-287-2114

 

6. Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS):  “A group of labor and delivery doulas committed to improving birth experiences and outcomes in the Philadelphia area, as well as promoting the development of new and experienced doulas. They provide trained labor and birth support people (doulas), free of charge, to people who would otherwise be unable to access doula care. They also provide subsidized DONA International certified training, twice a year, to those interested in becoming doulas.” 6

 

7. Philadelphia Community Resource Centers:  These centers “provide new mothers, fathers and babies with a safe place to get personal support, learn about services, and connect with other women and families”. 7

Locations:

  • North/Northwest Philadelphia; Health Center 5; 1900 N 20th street; 215-685-2457
  • West Philadelphia; 4119-21 Lancaster Avenue; 215-386-3390
  • South Philadelphia; Intercultural Family Services; 2317 S 23rd Street 215-463-4673
  • Southwest Philadelphia; 5548 Chestnut Street; 215-471-3251

 

Sources:

1,3,4,5. Cap4kids

2. Momobile.org

3. Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS)

7. Philadelphia Government – Community Resource Centers

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