The Council on Recovery: Cradles Project

Understanding that situations like these arise out of a multitude of intertwined factors, the Cradles Project is a free and confidential service aimed at providing comprehensive services. These include intensive case management; parenting, trauma, and emotion regulation skills development; and substance use disorder resources and education. read more…

Santa Maria Hostel: Caring for Two

Santa Maria Hostel is Texas’ largest multi-site residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment center for women and one of a very few to provide a comprehensive continuum for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Full of programs and services aimed at supporting long term wellness and recovery, Santa Maria Hostel is proud to have a long-term impact on individuals and families they serve. read more…

Maternal Opiod Use Model

A woman’s history with illicit substances rarely begins or ends with pregnancy, despite it being one of the most motivating factors to quit. For many expecting mothers struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), their main goal is to have a safe pregnancy and delivery and to be able to take their healthy baby home and continue parenting them. However, in this critical time, fragmented systems of care often fail to support and treat women with SUD. Substance use now puts mothers and infants at high risk for poor health outcomes, such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). read more…

Meet the Healthy Women Houston Community Care Coordinators

Healthy Women Houston pairs a pregnant woman with an experienced, empathetic community health worker. Also known as a community care coordinator, she provides medical and social service support referrals, connecting the pregnant woman to the services she deserves. These may include access to high quality, personalized medical and behavioral healthcare; read more…

March of Dimes: Supportive Pregnancy Care

While short 15 to 30 minute prenatal visits with a physician can provide important and concise healthcare for an expecting mother, March of Dimes’ Supportive Pregnancy Care program is transforming the typical prenatal visit. During group sessions, women with similar due dates and their obstetric provider are brought together in a peer-led discussion. read more…

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that serves women who are receiving a state service such as Pregnancy Medicaid or WIC (Women, Infant and Children program) and are pregnant with their first child. Each vulnerable new mom is partnered with an experienced Bachelor’s prepared registered nurse by no later than the end of 28 weeks gestation in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits until the child’s second birthday. Nurse-Family Partnership is a life-transforming partnership for the mother, her child and oftentimes, the entire family unit over the course of the 2-year enrollment period. The clients and the communities in which they live become stronger while saving money at the state, local and federal levels. read more…

Mental Health America of Greater Houston: Women’s Mental Health Program

Current data suggests that one- out of-seven new mothers suffers from a postpartum mood disorder. We know a mother’s health directly correlates to her child’s health, making it imperative to aid this population as quickly and effectively as possible. MHA GH is actively participating in local work groups on women’s maternal health initiatives. We are all working together as we try to determine best practices for patient communications. We work with providers – particularly pediatricians, as they are the ones who see mom most often – to screen for postpartum mood disorders and encourage mothers to reach out earlier if they need help. read more…

First3Years: Early Relational Health Between Mom and Baby

The extent to which early relational health is supported and strengthened influences children’s overall development as well as mother’s health. First3Years, a state-wide nonprofit, seeks to promote early relational health during the first three years of life, which serves as the foundation for all learning and well-being, including school readiness, physical health and development, and social emotional regulation. read more…

Meet the Healthy Women Houston Collaborative Partners

Healthy Women Houston is a collaboration among seven agencies committed to improving maternal health in Harris County: Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, Community Health Choice, The Council on Recovery, Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, HOPE Clinic, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and Memorial Hermann Health System. read more…