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Moms & Babies First

Moms & Babies First is a neighborhood outreach program that targets pregnant, high-risk African American women in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. 

Moms & Babies First can help.

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.

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

Contact a Community Care Coordinator for more information and how to enroll in the program.

What is a Community Care Coordinator?

A Community Care Coordinator (CCC) is a trained advocate from the community who empowers their clients to access community resources through education, outreach, home visits and referrals. The CCC helps the client recognize potential problems to prevent poor birth outcomes.

Our staff of CCCs have gone through extensive training. To be qualified to do their best, they first attend a 9-month training program in infant and maternal health education, for which they receive 18 hours of college credit. Then, they are trained in using the "Partners for a Healthy Baby Home Visiting Curriculum Series for Expectant Families". Developed by the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, this curriculum helps create a more structured and balanced home visit.

How can you help our mothers?

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
  • Similac formula
  • Isomil formula
  • Baby bottles
  • WRTA bus passes for prenatal and well-child appointments
  • Newborn clothing--sleepers, layette, blankets, etc.
  • Maternity clothing for the moms

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 on Midlothian Boulevard.