MOMS Orange County provides vital health education and support services to vulnerable women and their families beginning in pregnancy and continuing through baby’s first 18 months. With monthly one-on-one visits and group classes (during COVID-19 these are provided via phone and Zoom), MOMS Orange County helps vulnerable mothers gain the support and self-care education they need to increase their chance of having a healthy pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby and gain confidence as parents.
During pregnancy, the focus is on the mother’s health and wellness including access to prenatal care, nutrition, stress management and monthly screenings for her risk of preterm birth, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, maternal depression and anxiety.
After baby arrives, visits focus on postpartum recovery, newborn care, breastfeeding, infant health and the importance of well-baby visits, developmental milestones, infant learning, play and parenting. Visits continue through the baby’s 13th month.
Each encounter includes an assessment of the mother and baby’s non-medical needs (i.e. adequate food, housing, clothing), and referrals are made to community resources.
Group classes are also available and build a community of support: Prenatal Education, Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding Support, Parenting, Mommy & Me, New Dads Workshop and My Parents & Me.
All services are provided in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and are made available at no cost to the public.