For Moms

For the Mom-to-be

So, you have a baby
on the way.

You could be feeling a lot of things right now. We want you to know that whatever you’re feeling is okay. This could be your first time, or your fifth. You might have someone to go through this with you, or maybe you’re alone.

Wherever you’re at in your pregnancy, we’re here to help you plan for the very best start you can give your little one. Baby step by baby step, we’ll guide you into a healthy pregnancy. So go ahead, take a deep breath. You’re going to do just fine.

As health planners, we have multiple resources, access to the best healthcare providers, and a community of mothers for you to connect with. Whatever you need, we’re here for you. Browse our website, like our Resources or Every Voice Matters page, for answers to your questions, big or small.

Don't know where to start? Here's some suggestions:

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Tips for New Moms and Dads

Download this thorough packet on the best tips for keeping your baby healthy, like taking prenatal vitamins for better brain development.

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Help from Professionals

To find the right medical provider for you, click here for a comprehensive list of local providers.

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New Fathers

No worries, dad. We have information for you too! You can start caring for your child before he or she arrives by attending doctor’s visits, learning how to care for a newborn, and making detailed plans with your partner. Learn more.

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CenteringPregnancy

Building a community of support and sharing for mothers is what Centering Pregnancy is all about. This group meetup brings pregnant women together in order to prepare them for birth and parenting. Interested in CenteringPregnancy for your prenatal care? We partner with the following OB/GYN practices to offer this program in the City of Rochester:

Jordan Health

URMC Midwifery Group at 125 Lattimore Rd and 909 Culver Rd

Highland Family Medicine

URMC Community OB/GYN at 909 Culver Rd

The Women’s Center at Clinton Family Health

The Women’s Center at Rochester General Hospital

The Women’s Center at Alexander Park

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Get Involved

The Healthy Baby Network Community Action Network (CAN) brings community residents, representatives from health and human service agencies and Healthy Baby Network staff together to address challenges in our community. If you are interested in working with us to achieve community change, contact Communications Director, Deanna Spiotta for meeting information at deanna@healthy-baby.net or (585) 546-4930 ext. 215.  Our work is currently focused on improving parent education and father engagement in the Rochester community, and ensuring that pregnant and parenting women have access to safe and stable housing.

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Book Before Birth Program

Healthy Baby Network is proud to partner with MVP Health Care and the City of Rochester to distribute children’s books to expecting and new families. We believe in the value of early reading, and know that through education and empowerment, we can make a difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable families. These books are free, age appropriate, in English and Spanish, and available by contacting Healthy Baby Network, or through your healthcare provider. Let’s read!

MVP ROC

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Did You Know...

Dads can also have a positive influence on mom’s health during pregnancy. Women who smoke whose partners are involved in their pregnancy are more likely to reduce cigarette consumption in pregnancy by 36% compared to women who smoke and do not have an involved pregnancy partner.

36%

Reduced cigarette consumption with involved partners.