Information on family support and coaching services, breastfeeding support, transportation assistance, daycare services, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence help, mental health services, child safety, and more.
Healthy Start is a program to help pregnant women find the medical and social services they need to be healthy and have healthy babies.
Healthy Start programs offer:
- Classes about pregnancy, parenting, and health
- Transportation to prenatal care appointments, doctors appointments, and counseling
- Baby items like food and clothing
- Referrals to doctors and other helpful services
Learn more about the Healthy Start program in your area by clicking the links below or calling the number listed.
- New Orleans Area: (504) 685-2600
- Jefferson Area (Crescent City WIC): (504) 247-0592
- Baton Rouge Area: (225) 201-8888
- Lafayette Area: (337) 981-2180
For information about the National Healthy Start project, click here.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides family support and coaching for first-time moms. When you sign up for the service, you’ll be paired with a nurse who will start working with you in your first or second trimester of pregnancy and continue until your child turns 2 years old. New moms tell us they love this program!
Nurses work side-by-side with you and your family to help you achieve the goals you set for yourselves. They provide education, support and guidance to help you with pregnancy, newborn care, and much more.
Who is eligible?
- First-time mothers*
- Must enroll before 29 weeks of pregnancy. Early enrollment encouraged, preferably at or before 16 weeks
- Must live in the parish where NFP services are received
- Must be eligible for one or more of the following: Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, TANF, or SSI
*Women may be allowed to enter the program under special circumstances, such as a woman who has lost a child, surrendered her child to adoption or lost custody of the child within first 30 days after delivery.
How to sign-up:
Contact a nurse directly: Call or email a nurse listed for your Parish in the table. You can call the nurse even if you just want more information about the program.
|OPH Region||Eligible Parishes||Supervisor Contact Info|
East Baton Rouge
West Baton Rouge
985-857-3601 ext. 135
337-478-6020 ext. 6049
PARENTS AS TEACHERS (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) provides family support and coaching program for pregnant women and new moms in Shreveport, Monroe, and surrounding parishes. In December 2017, services will be extended to Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. Families enrolled in the service are supported from pregnancy through kindergarten.
Parent educators work side-by-side with you and your family to help you achieve the goals you set for yourselves. They incorporate personal visits, group meetings for PAT-enrolled parents, health and developmental screenings for PAT-enrolled children, and a resource network to help PAT-enrolled families reach their goals and address their needs.
Who is eligible?
- Pregnant women OR parenting families with children less than 24 months of age
- Priority given to Nurse-Family Partnership graduates and families with children 12 months or younger, with preference provided for families with children 4 months or younger
- Must live in the parish where PAT services are received
- Must be eligible for one or more of the following: Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, TANF or SSI
How to sign-up:
Contact a parent educator directly: call or email the parent educator listed for your parish in the table. You can call even if you just want more information about the program.
|OPH Region||Eligible Parishes||Supervisor Contact Info|
(starting Dec. 2017)
Breastfeeding Resources and Support
LABreastfeedingSupport.org: Enter your zip code to find a list of breastfeeding resources near you, including community breastfeeding support/education groups, WIC clinics, and other helpful programs. New statewide and local resources are being added on a regular basis.
Other Resources and Support
- Breastmilk Counts can help you decide if breastfeeding is right for you and offers information about breastfeeding your baby.
- Best for Babes has information, facts, answers, and support to help you with breastfeeding.
- Baby Gooroo provides the breastfeeding basics, benefits, common problems, and answers to questions mom often ask.
- La Leche League helps mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.
- Mocha Manual offers a complete library of resources and information about the black breastfeeding experience.
Resources to Quit Smoking
- Quit With Us, Louisiana! and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) support you through the process of quitting. Call the Quitline anytime, 24/7, to quit now. Services are free and confidential.
- Quit4baby is a FREE new tool to help pregnant women in Louisiana quit smoking through Text4baby
- Based on your quit date, Quit4baby sends personalized text messages with smoking cessation education, tips to avoid cravings, relapse support, and more.
- Once you enroll into Text4baby, you will receive a text message asking if you smoke. If you reply “yes,” then you will receive information about enrolling into Quit4baby and will be sent a link to a mobile webpage where you can easily sign up.
- You can also directly to Quit4baby and sign up online.
- Freedom From Smoking Online (FFS Online) is a program that prepares and helps you to quit smoking.
- American Lung Association tells you what products and services (like the patch, gum, or counseling) may be covered by your health insurance (including Medicaid) to help you quit smoking.
Substance Abuse Resources
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help you find a drug and alcoholism treatment program near you. Just enter your city, street and or zip code.
- Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinics is an alphabetical listing of substance abuse clinics. These clinics allow you to get treatment without having to stay there for the duration of treatment.
- Addictive Disorders Services is a list describing the types of treatment programs in Louisiana (like detox, inpatient, community-based, and treatment for women with dependent children).
- RehabCenter.net is an online database of alcohol and drug treatment centers. This website allows you to search for treatment centers by their location, type of treatment offered, or type of payment/insurance accepted.
Louisiana Hotlines & Resources
- The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV), 1-888-411-1333 is an anonymous hotline for victims of domestic violence, operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault has a list of sexual assault centers, addresses, phone numbers, websites, and crisis lines.
New Orleans Area Crisis Lines & Resources
- Metropolitan Center for Women & Children provides a crisis line, counseling, and shelter to women in the New Orleans metro area. Call (504) 837-5400 for information.
- Crescent House Healing & Empowerment Center protects victims of domestic violence and their children. Through Project SAVE, they also assist survivors of domestic violence residing in Orleans Parish obtain free emergency legal representation. Call (504) 866-9554 for help.
National Hotlines & Resources
- Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) for anonymous help for victims of domestic violence. The Hotline is an organization that provides information and resources about domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault.
- Call 1-800-656-HOPE (the National Sexual Assault Hotline) for help for victims of sexual assault.
- National HIV & STD Testing Resource and the Louisiana Statewide AIDS/STD Infoline at 1-800-99-AIDS-9 (1-800-992-4379) can help you find a testing site.
- Visit LA HIV411 for information about HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and resources available in Louisiana.
- Visit the NO/AIDS Task Force website to find out where you can get an HIV test or HIV/AIDS counseling in the New Orleans area.
If you or someone you know is not ready to take care of a new baby, Louisiana’s Safe Haven Law offers parents help.
If the baby is less than 60 days old, parents can bring their baby to a Safe Haven, such as a hospital, parish health unit, medical clinic, fire station, or police station. By leaving the baby in the care of an employee at a Safe Haven facility, parents can give up their baby with no questions asked.
Call 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5473) or click to visit the Department of Children Family Services page about Safe Havens for more information.
Kidline (1-800-CHILDREN / 1-800-244-5373) is an anonymous, free, statewide hotline. It offers:
- Crisis intervention
- Parenting information and support
- Referrals to community resources in Louisiana
The National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD / 1-800-422-4453) offers support to both children and parents.
- Safe Kids Worldwide offers information about child safety to help you prevent accidents and create a safe environment for your child at home or at play. You’ll find tips and safety guides on child-proofing your home and other safety basics based on your child’s age and activities.
- The Poison Control Center, 1-(800) 222-1222 offers free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call in an emergency if you have questions.
- The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission offers safety checks for car seats and provides information about child passenger safety.
Resources for Free or Low-Cost Car Seats
If your baby is going to ride in a car, you need a car seat. Unfortunately, car seats can get expensive. If you can’t afford one, here are some people and organizations that may be able to help you get a free or low-cost car seat:
- Ask your doctor or someone at your birthing hospital (nurse, social worker, pediatrician, etc.) if they know where to get a free or low-cost car seat. You can also try calling your local children’s hospital or the pediatric department of a general hospital in your area. If your local hospital has a parenting center, that’s another good place to start.
- Call your insurance provider or Healthy Louisiana plan and ask if they can cover the cost of a car seat or provide you a free one. Some plans offer free car seats or pack-n-plays as incentives for getting regular prenatal care!
- Call the Nurse Family Partnership or Parents as Teachers supervisor listed for your parish.
- Call or visit your local free car seat fitting station. You can also call the Louisiana State Police troop closest to you. Ask if there are any programs that provide free or low-cost car seats.
- Call your local Office of Motor Vehicles. Find an office near you.
- Call the Alliance Safety Council at 225-282-3281.
- Call Safe Kids Louisiana at 504-780-4363.
- Call the University Medical Center of New Orleans’ Community Injury Prevention Program at (504) 702-2296.
- Contact your church or a church in your area and let them know you need help getting a car seat.
- Call your local Kiwanis or Rotary Club and ask them if they have any programs that provide free or low cost car seats to people who need them. Find a Kiwanis Club near you here, and a Rotary Club here.
Louisiana Medicaid recipients with Healthy Louisiana plans
(formerly known as Bayou Health) can get a ride to scheduled medical appointments. Call the number listed for your plan to arrange a ride.
- Aetna: 1-877-917-4150
- Amerigroup: 1-866-430-1101
- AmeriHealth Caritas: 1-888-913-0364
- Louisiana Healthcare Connections: 1-855-369-3723
- United Healthcare: 1-866-726-1472
Click here to learn more about Healthy Louisiana’s non-emergency transportation services.
Find Daycare Services
Licensed Daycare Facilities: A list of licensed daycare facilities searchable by Parish.
Financial Assistance for Daycare Service
The Child Care Assistance Program can help families pay for childcare if parents are working or going to school. Monthly payments are based on the number of hours a week the parents work, family size, household income, and the amount charged by the childcare provider.
Lead Poisoning Prevention
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