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Before baby arrives

Health

Help mom out by encouraging her to find and visit a doctor soon and often. Medicaid will help you pay for these visits - find out if you're eligible and how to apply here. To find a doctor in your area that takes Medicaid, go here, choose "Physician Services" under Provider Groups, then "OB/GYN" under Provider Specialties.

Habits

Now more than ever, healthy eating, exercise, and rest are really important for mom. Take the time to shop for fresh food (including fruits and veggies) and cook together. It can really help the relationship and earn you some major points.

Offer to run errands and pick up extra chores (again, relationship points!). While she's pregnant, she needs a good amount of rest, and it'll be harder for her to find the time to fit everything in.

Just as important as starting good habits is stopping bad ones. She'll need your help quitting, and it will be a lot easier for her if you're there for her, too.

Here are a few resources to get you the help you need:

Help

We know you need help figuring this all out, and so does she! Nurse-Family Partnership can send a nurse to visit the mom every other week and help give advice on her health, the baby's health, parenting tips, and other help available in your area until you're baby is two years old! If she's a first-time mom and eligible for Medicaid, y'all might qualify.

Healthy Start offers classes, transportation, supplies for baby, referrals and much more. It's not just for moms, it's for dads, too. For information about Healthy Start or to join find a contact below:

  • New Orleans Area: 504-658-2600
  • Baton Rouge Area: 225-201-8888
  • Monroe Area: 318-361-7323
  • Bossier City Area: 318-746-4644
  • Lafayette Area: 337-295-7021

Have her sign up for ongoing, free advice, sign up for helpful texts from Text4Baby by texting "BABY" or "BEBE" to 511411.

WIC can help pay for your groceries while she's pregnant. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply here.

When baby is born

Health

Checkups for both baby and mom are really important. Offer to come along, show some support, and don't be afraid to ask the "dumb" questions mom may be too shy or embarrassed to ask. You can find a local parish health unit here or a doctor who takes Medicaid here.

Flu shots are really important for new parents (both you and mom). You're around the baby a lot, so if you get sick, you risk infecting your little one.

Habits

If mom's breastfeeding (and we really recommend that she does!), your local WIC office can help you get some breast pumps so you can feed the little one, too. Also check out LABreastfeedingSupport.org for resources in your zip code.

You're in for some long nights, no two ways about it. Help mom out by taking half (or more) of the late night changings and feedings. It won't be easy, but use it as an opportunity to create a bond between you and the little one.

When putting the baby to sleep, pick a space all his/her own. No matter how much he/she might want that blanket or pillow or stuffed animal, don't put it in the crib while the baby's asleep. Far too many babies die each year from suffocating on something in their crib. Don't let mom (or you or anyone) sleep with the baby. Check out GiveYourBabySpace.com.

Help

LaChip provides free health insurance for your baby. It can cover hospital and doctor visits, prescription drugs, and shots. Learn more here.

Healthy Start offers classes, transportation, supplies for baby, referrals and much more. It's not just for moms, it's for dads, too. For information about Healthy Start or to join find a contact below:

  • New Orleans Area: 504-658-2600
  • Baton Rouge Area: 225-201-8888
  • Monroe Area: 318-361-7323
  • Bossier City Area: 318-746-4644
  • Lafayette Area: 337-295-7021

WIC can help pay for your groceries while she's pregnant. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply here

As baby grows

Health

Checkups for both baby and mom are really important. Offer to come along, show some support, and don't be afraid to ask the "dumb" questions mom may be too embarrassed or shy to ask.

Flu shots are really important for new parents (both you and mom). You're around the baby a lot, so if you get sick, you risk infecting your little one.

Habits

Have fun! Go on walks, play games, read to the little one. One of the most important relationships a baby can have is with his or her father. You'll both grow from the experience.

Soon the baby will start sleeping through the night. You can still help mom out (and earn points by taking half - or more - of the changings and feedings). It won't be easy, but use it as an opportunity to create a bond between you and the little one.

When putting the baby to sleep, pick a space all his/her own. No matter how much he/she might want that blanket or pillow or stuffed animal, don't put it in the crib while the baby's asleep. Far too many babies die each year because their mouths and noses are covered by something in their crib. Don't let mom (or you or anyone) sleep with the baby. Check out GiveYourBabySpace.com.

Help

Healthy Start offers classes, transportation, supplies for baby, referrals and much more. It's not just for moms, it's for dads, too. For information about Healthy Start or to join find a contact below:

  • New Orleans Area: 504-658-2600
  • Baton Rouge Area: 225-201-8888
  • Monroe Area: 318-361-7323
  • Bossier City Area: 318-746-4644
  • Lafayette Area: 337-295-7021

If you need to help finding affordable daycare services, call Child Care Assistance Program at 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578).

WIC can help pay for your groceries for the baby. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply here.


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