Pregnancy Support Services
LCCAA’s Pregnancy Support Services exists to help mothers and their babies be healthier and better positioned to meet life’s challenges. All mothers in Lorain County can receive assistance at any time in their pregnancy and throughout baby’s first year.
Our program operates through a Community Health Worker who provides ongoing one-on-one services and referrals. The program is embedded in our Early Head Start program, but enrollment in EHS is not a requirement. Services are provided at no cost and there are no income eligibility requirements.
Support can be offered through home visits, phone appointments or virtual platforms.
No minimum number of meetings is required.
You choose the help you need.
Premature birth is one of the main causes of early infant death. Improving access to prenatal care helps mothers avoid the most common causes of premature birth: high blood pressure and diabetes. In Lorain County, 13 of every 1,000 African American babies die within the first year of life. Lorain County’s mortality rate for white infants is 4.5 in 1,000.
LCCAA is committed to reducing infant mortality and to celebrating first birthdays for every baby born in Lorain County. Funded through the Lorain County Public Health Department, LCCAA has embedded a Community Health Worker (CHW) in our Early Head Start (EHS) program. In addition to focusing on prenatal care, CHWs help work through the many challenges and barriers encountered while preparing for a new baby.
Our CHW works with pregnant and new moms regardless of enrollment in our EHS program. Services are available at no cost and there are no income eligibility requirements. Services are individualized and adjusted for each woman.
Some common types of support include:
- Connecting with health services.
- Aiding in communication with doctors.
- Making referrals and coordinating services.
- Providing educational information.
- Teaching stress management skills.
Support is available at any stage of pregnancy regardless of your income or how many children you have.
Learn more by contacting Community Health Worker Melissa Carroll at 440-457-0187 or [email protected].
In partnership with Lorain County Public Health.
LCCAA also operates a Pathways Health HUB funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The HUB is designed to create a greater referral network to improve the health of Lorain County residents. For more information on that program, please click here.