Whether a pregnancy was planned or not, many of our clients report feelings ranging from excitement to fear, from readiness to worry. Some are concerned about maintaining a healthy pregnancy while juggling other responsibilities. Others are unsure what kind of mother they will be. Some can’t quite picture how life will look when a new baby is added to the mix.
It’s important to note all of the above feelings are normal. And it’s also good to realize that the same woman may experience all of the above emotions, sometimes in the same day.
At Life’s Choices, one of our goals is to provide practical support to women as they progress through pregnancy. A key way we provide that support is through our Healthy Start Baby Bundle. It’s a simple concept and one that we can continue to provide to women as our nation works through handling the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and related social distancing.
Here’s how our Baby Bundle works: a woman signs up for the program by filling out a few simple forms. Then she selects a dozen classes from topics that will best prepare her for pregnancy. Options include:
We have classes for moms planning to go back to work and even have topics especially for dad.
Classes are typically held weekly, take about an hour and are run by a client representative. The expectant mom/couple also will take childbirth and breastfeeding classes (three more classes total) with our nurse or certified instructor. (If the baby’s dad is unable to serve as a birthing coach, another friend or family member is welcome as part of this support team.)
Once the 15 classes are complete, the mom earns a new car seat. This is something essential to bring home for a newborn. In fact, most hospitals won’t let families head home with baby without a car seat. Along the way, mom also receives other needed items and services (like prenatal vitamins and confirmation ultrasound) as well as the promise of a professional newborn baby shoot once the baby arrives.
And here’s the great part: this program is absolutely free!
Not only do our Baby Bundle clients get a free car seat, but they also earn points toward other needed baby items: clothing, toys, diapers, wipes and other essentials. And, of course, they also benefit from gaining practical knowledge, building a supportive relationships with their client representative and also relief from some of the stress and worries they experience as motherhood approaches.
If you are interested in our Healthy Start Baby Bundle, send an email to LifesChoices@hometownu.com or send a text to our Kutztown (610.683.8000) or Hamburg (484.660.3526) offices. A client representative will be happy to answer any questions or set up your first appointment.
Thanks for reading about our Healthy Start Baby Bundle, a great way we offer help and hope to our community!