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Expectant Moms Early Head Start
EMP provides services to 70 women in Boro Park and Williamsburg, through education, empowerment and support during their pregnancy and their post partum stage.

Upon enrollment, the expectant mom’s program assists the pregnant woman to access a medical and dental home if necessary. Pregnancy and nutritional assessments are completed every trimester and the mother is encouraged to continue her medical and dental visits. When necessary, referrals to other agencies are made for possible additional assistance in areas of pre and post partum depression as well as lactation, emergency food and clothing. All mothers are called/visited every week to follow up on their progress in pregnancy.

Pertinent workshops are given twice a month and transportation, babysitting and refreshments for moms and their children is provided. An aerobics class is taught by a certified trainer for pregnant women. Pregnant women are given instruction on all aspects of pregnancy, labor and delivery, post partum depression, and benefits of breastfeeding. The post partum mothers are given classes in infant massage, CPR, First Aid, and breastfeeding. There are support groups for postpartum women fostering a positive postpartum recovery and enhancing parent child attachments.

When the baby is born, a nurse visits the mother and newborn within 2 weeks of birth to assess the mother and child.

The EMP has an extensive lending library. The library consists of books, tapes, CDs and videos on pregnancy, childbirth, fetal development, parenting, baby development, infant massage, as well as inspirational and stress reducing enjoyable books. These books are culturally appropriate for our moms.

Mothers receive mailings every week on topics such as pregnancy/nutrition/parenting information s well as invitations to the workshops and other parent activities that are offered through YVY. These activities include the use of YVY’s Fitness Center, parenting classes and Father Involvement classes.

The babies are transitioned to the Home Based Program when a slot is available.