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Working Towards Healthier Moms and Babies

Nebraska. Recent data shows that Nebraska’s infant mortality rate is higher than most of the developed world as well as many other states. In addition, Nebraska’s racial and ethnic disparities in infant deaths are much worse than the United States average. Across America, including Nebraska, the number of women dying in childbirth or during the months after childbirth has increased substantially, particularly for low income women, especially women of color and women who live in rural areas.

Information and Resources  
Finding the resources needed to support the health of mothers and infants during pregnancy and the first year after delivery (postpartum) can be a difficult journey to navigate.  Below is a summary of our web pages that provide information and links to resources that can help women and families with low to moderate incomes find the help they need.

Healthy Starts - Pre-Pregnancy Planning

A mother's health before pregnancy is very important and can affect the health of your future baby. Find information on important steps to take before becoming pregnant.

Importance of Pregnancy/Prenatal Care
Seeing a healthcare provider early in pregnancy and then at prescheduled times throughout pregnancy lowers a mother's risk of complications during pregnancy and the risk of birth defects for the baby.  Find important information about the steps for a healthier pregnancy.

Free Pregnancy/Prenatal Care Program

No matter your income or immigration status, there is help.  Learn about free temporary pregnancy healthcare coverage through a Medicaid program called “Presumptive Eligibility” (PE).  PE gives provides short-term coverage while your application for full Medicaid benefits is being considered. 

Income Based Pregnancy/Prenatal Care Programs 
Learn about the options for healthcare, including pregnancy services, labor and delivery, that are available for low-income women who don’t qualify for regular Medicaid, as well as coverage through the Healthcare Marketplace.

After Delivery Healthcare

The first 12 weeks after delivery are a critical time for the health of both mother and baby.  Learn about the follow-up healthcare during this time (referred to as postpartum for mom and postnatal for baby) that is very important for the short-term and long-term health and well-being of both. 

Breastfeeding Info Resources
Babies who breastfeed exclusively for at least 6 months have a lower risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Moms who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and postpartum depression. Find information and links to organizations who provide breastfeeding education and support.

Pregnant, New Mom, and Newborn Resources

Find a wide variety of free or income based community resources that can provide pregnancy and after delivery (postpartum) education, support, nutrition, medical, dental, breastfeeding, transportation, and home visitation support programs.

Family Nutrition Programs  
Find resources from community organizations that provide nutrition education and food distribution programs.