Our Family Support programs in the Western Suburbs of Chicago offer a wide range of options for pregnant and parenting young moms living in the communities of Oak Park, River Forest, Cicero, Maywood, Forest Park, Berwyn, Bellwood, and Melrose Park. Pregnant and parenting moms can elect to participate in any or all of these opportunities, including:
Our Home Visiting and Parenting Education coaches use the Parents as Teachers coaching and learning model to engage young moms, which ensures that our parents, 24 years old and under, become their children’s first, best teachers.
At New Moms, pregnant youth can choose to partner with our Doulas, as they progress from 28 weeks of pregnancy through supporting them from 28 weeks pregnant through 6 weeks post-birth, including in the labor and delivery room. Doulas support and encourage young women as they prepare for birth and early parenthood, advocate for moms through confusing and oftentimes biased healthcare systems, and coach moms about the physical, emotional, and mental stages of pregnancy, bonding, and options for breastfeeding. Doulas encourage breastfeeding and bonding, putting moms in control of their choices.
According to national research, doula presence at birth decreases medical interventions at delivery, and reduces labor complications. Doula-supported mothers are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics, have greater breastfeeding success, have a lower incidence of abuse, and lower postpartum depression rates (dona.org).
Young moms who enroll in New Moms’ Family Support programs can engage with a Family Coach who visits with young moms in their homes (including in their homes at New Moms’ apartments!) to share parenting resources, tools, child development tips, and most of all – social connection and encouragement. Moms learn about their child’s healthy development, how to troubleshoot common parenting challenges like bedtime routines or potty training, and practice parenting techniques to enhance bonding and family well-being.
Home Visiting also includes Parent Support Group opportunities for connection with peers, facilitated discussion on childhood development, parenting, health and wellness, and parent/child bonding and development activities.
*** Families whose children are ages 0-3 have enrollment priority in Home Visiting.
New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
New Moms (Western Suburbs)
206 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302