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HANDS Program

HANDS
Program

HANDS is a voluntary home visitation program for moms, dads and families. HANDS answers questions and provides parents with support in developing a parent-child relationship, at no cost to the family.

Who Can Participate?

Any parent (mom/dad) expecting a new baby. Families must be enrolled prenatally or before a child is 90 days old.

What Can Parents Expect?

All families will receive information and learn about community resources for parents.  Some families will receive further support through home visitation.  These families will engage in fun activities, right in their home, to learn more about:

HAVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
HOW TO BOND WITH THEIR CHILD
CREATING A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOME
DEALING WITH STRESS
CARING FOR THEIR BABY
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
HOW TO PROVIDE THEIR CHILD WITH ENRICHING LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Pregnancy and parenthood can be overwhelming experiences, which come with worries, questions and stress. The HANDS Program is free and provides parents with support as they navigate parenthood.
Any parent (mom/dad) expecting a new baby may enroll in the HANDS Program. Enroll today by clicking the button and filling out our online form. Families must be enrolled prenatally or before a child is 90 days old.
Families in HANDS experienced fewer premature infants, fewer low birth weight and very low birth weight babies, and fewer developmental delays. Studies show families that participate in HANDS in the first trimester experience even fewer incidences of the above.
HANDS believes that all parents want to be good parents and want healthy children. Public and private partnerships are vital to a successful program. The HANDS Program has selected resources to support parents as they navigate this new chapter of life.

Need Crib Assistance For Safe Sleep?

Lincoln Trail District Health Department HANDS Program is a Cribs For Kids® partner. As a partner of this program, we provide safe sleep education for parents and caregivers, and  provide portable cribs to those who qualify.

Enroll in the HANDS Program using our online form now.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

March of Dimes – Birth defects & other health conditions 

Postpartum Support International
Local postpartum coordinators, Specialized Coordinators, Online support Groups

Cherished Mom
Promotes awareness, education and support for perinatal and anxiety mood disorders.

Postpartum Dads
Help dads and families through the experience of PPD.

Motherhood Understood
Downloadable information sheets about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Medications, Partner Information, Educational Video Library

Mother to Baby
Evidence-based resource about the impact of medications taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health- Reproductive Psychiatry Resource & Information Center
Breast feeding and psychiatric medicines MGH Postpartum Psychosis Project

Maternal Mental Health Now
Screening tools, My care App

Postpartum Progress

Mom & Mind Podcast
Resource by psychologist, Dr. Kat Kaeni, who covers diverse topics related to maternal mental health. Podcasts are free

Postpartum Support International Warmline
1-800-944-4773 
Accessible by phone or text
Day time hours Monday through Friday
English and Spanish Volunteers

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
1-833-943-5746
Accessible by phone or text 24/7 365 days a year
English and Spanish
Trained health professionals

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or text 988

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