Pregnancy

Think you're pregnant?

If you think you might be pregnant or are looking for medical care, please call us at 503-988-5558 to make an appointment at one of our health clinics.

Early Childhood Services is a free program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or parenting young children. We offer home visits and childbirth education classes to help you plan a healthy pregnancy and healthy home for your growing child.

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Home Visits

If you are like most moms and dads, you have lots of questions about your pregnancy, your baby, and parenting.

When you get services through our home visiting program, a nurse or community health specialist will provide you with education, information, health screenings, and support in your home. They will bring you the latest information about pregnancy, health, child development, and will also connect you to services in your community.

 What happens at a home visit?

A typical home visit will include:

  • Opportunities for you to ask questions about pregnancy and parenting
  • A chance to talk with a caring advocate about your personal goals and get support reaching those goals
  • Making sure you and your baby have good physical and mental health
  • Ensuring your family has enough food, a safe home environment, and income to provide for you and your baby’s basic needs
  • Screening for family violence and providing resources to make sure you and your baby stay safe from abuse
  • Health education to help you learn about your own health and how to care for your infant and young child
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Referrals to community resources such as WIC and Oregon Health Plan
  • Infant screenings for developmental milestones(like vision, hearing, social and motor skills), oral health, developmental delays and overall growth. 

How often will I have home visits?  

You and your home visitor will decide on the number of visits that is right for you. How often you meet with your home visitor will depend on your level of need. Usually, you will meet with your home visitor once a week while they are getting to know you and less often later in pregnancy or if you and your baby are doing well.

How long will I receive services?

Generally women receive services until their child is between 1 and 2-years old. You and your home visitor will talk about a time commitment that feels right to you.

Languages

Our home visiting staff speaks English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. We will provide free translation services and interpreters for women who are eligible for services and speak languages other than English, Russian, Spanish or Vietnamese.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduce stress and worry about pregnancy, birth and parenting
  • Have a healthy pregnancy
  • Learn how to care for your infant
  • Get support while breastfeeding
  • Have healthier children
  • Get answers to questions about pregnancy, childbirth, infant care, child development, and parenting
  • Connect to social and community services and classes

Who can receive services?

You may be able to receive services if you:

  • Live in Multnomah County
  • Are a pregnant or parenting teen
  • Are having your first baby
  • Have a medical condition that may affect the health of your baby
  • Are having problems breastfeeding
  • Have a child with a medical condition or a physical or mental disability
  • Have limited social or financial resources that affect your ability to care for yourself during pregnancy or care for your infant or young child

How do I apply?

Call Early Childhood Services at 503-988-3520. Our staff will ask you questions about:

  • Your health history and pregnancy
  • The health of your infant or child
  • Your social and financial resources

We will then tell you if you are able to receive services or help you find other resources if you do not qualify for our services.

Fees

All of our program services are free of charge to clients.

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Childbirth Education Classes

The classes are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend and learn more about pregnancy, childbirth and caring for an infant. Classes are available in English and Spanish. Some topics covered include:

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  • What happens to your body during pregnancy
  • How to know when you are in labor
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum depression
  • Ways dads can provide support during birth and labor
  • How to care for your new baby
  • Community resources for new parents

Class Schedule

To Sign Up

Contact Natalya Tarasova at 503-988-8433.

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Healthy Birth Initiative

Healthy Birth Initiative addresses the needs of pregnant African American women. It does this by opening up access to health care and providing ongoing support to pregnant African American women and their families before and after birth.

Our services are Afrocentric and include:

  • Individualized, in-home case management
  • Access to community health nurses and other specialists
  • Help with goal planning
  • Respite care
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Discount car seats
  • Family planning
  • Transportation for medical care and health education classes
  • Coordination of care with health care providers and community agencies
  • Ongoing classes and groups

What are the benefits?

African Americans experience rates of infant mortality and low birth weight at levels that unjustly and disproportionately affect their communities. Healthy Birth Initiative works to achieve healthy birth outcomes by improving the well-being of mothers, fathers and their children before, during and between pregnancies.

Who can receive services?

You may be able to receive services if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are African American
  • Live in Multnomah County

How do I apply?

Call 503-988-3387 to apply, refer a client, or to get a schedule of classes and events.

Classes and Support Groups

Conducted in English. You don’t have to be a Healthy Birth Initiative client to attend. Classes focus on the needs of African Americans living in Multnomah County. Call 503-988-3387 for times and locations.

  • Health Education Classes: Topics include healthy pregnancy, parenting and reaching personal goals like financial stability, education and finding stable housing.
  • Peer Support Groups: Members offer support, motivation and encouragement to one another to reach their goals.
  • Seeking Safety: This class helps African American women and men improve self-image and increase safety at home and in the community.
  • Male Caregiver Health and Wellness: Support groups, educational classes and family activities open to fathers and other male caregivers. Members work together to make lifestyle changes that positively impact self, family and community.

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