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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies is a neighborhood outreach program for high-risk, pregnant people in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. 

In Ohio, African American women* are twice as likely to have a baby that is considered very low birth weight than the population in general. Even more disturbing, the infant mortality rate in Ohio in the African American community is twice the rate of that in the population in general, and three times that of white infants.

*Our Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program is informed by data collected by the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which are non-inclusive of gender non-binary and transgender identities. While the word "women" is used here, we at Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio recognize that individuals of all genders are affected by infant mortality rates.

The focus of the program is to encourage early and consistent prenatal care.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies will link you to community-based medical and social support services that address your specific needs, including:

  • Cribs for Kids
  • GED training and testing programs
  • Housing shelters for individuals and their families
  • Medical insurance for pregnant individuals and their children
  • Pediatricians
  • Prenatal Care Providers
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Contact a Community Health Worker for more information, to see if you qualify, and learn how to enroll in the program.

Call 330-788-6506

What is a Community Health Worker?

A Community Health Worker is a trained advocate from the community who empowers their clients to access community resources through education, outreach, home visits, and referrals. The role of a Community Health Worker:

  • Frontline public health worker that is a trusted member of, and has a close understanding of, the community being served.
  • Serves as a liaison between health and social services in the community.
  • Facilitates access to services.
  • Improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
How can you help the parents in our Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program?

You can help by making an in-kind donation so our clients can make sure their babies are healthy and happy. Some items that we need are:

  • Disposable diapers / wipes.
  • Gerber infant formula.
  • Baby bottles.
  • WRTA bus passes or gas cards for medical or social service appointments.
  • Newborn clothing (sleepers, layette, blankets, etc.).
  • Clothing for the pregnant individuals.

You can also hold a "baby shower" in your neighborhood or place of business! Send out invitations, collect the items, and drop them off at our Youngstown office (77 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44507).

VIDEO This Is Health Care: Nina | Fighting Infant Mortality

About the video: Meet Nina, a community health worker in Planned Parenthood's Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program in Ohio. Nina’s mom was a teenage mom who didn’t have access to the resources she needed — which inspires Nina to make sure all moms and babies get the care they need to live healthy lives. 

Contact us!
Call 330-788-6506 to learn more about Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies.

When the whole family is involved, baby is happier and healthier.