Improving Outcomes for At-Risk Mothers and Newborns
The Early Support Program is an in-home service for pregnant women and new mothers who live in communities that face greater risks and barriers to achieving positive maternal and child health outcomes. Mothers who participate in this program will work closely with our team to set and achieve goals to enhance their parenting skills and improve their overall health and well-being.
The Early Support team is comprised of a developmental specialist, social worker/counselor and bi-lingual community health worker; nutrition and breastfeeding consultants are also available.
The goal of the Early Support team is to:
- Support healthy pregnancy practices
- Provide information and education on topics such as labor and delivery, breastfeeding, safe sleep, preventing unintended child injuries, nutrition and postpartum depression
- Encourage early language development and early learning at home
- Teach positive parenting skills like reading, playing and praising good behaviors
- Work with mothers to set goals for the future, continue their education and find employment and childcare solutions
- Connect families to other services, assistance programs and resources in their community
Creating a Family Plan
The Early Support team will help each mother/family create a Family Plan, providing education and referrals related to:
- Health Insurance
- Health Care
- Childbirth Education
- Nutritional Services
- Parent Support Groups
- Family Planning
- Child Care
- Mental Health Services
- Substance Abuse Services
Support for Mothers in Recovery
Aspire’s Early Support team also collaborates with community partners to provide services and education for pregnant women and new mothers with substance use disorder. The Moms Do Care program, a statewide initiative with programs at Lynn Community Health Center and Beverly Hospital, targets whole-person wellbeing, including mental health care, social services, safety and nurturing support groups and medication-assisted treatment (such as methadone), if needed. Additionally, the program in Lynn provides OB/GYN, primary care and pediatric services. Aspire also works with women in area residential treatment programs for substance use disorder.
Towns and Cities Served
The Early Support Program is available in Lynn, Salem, Peabody, Saugus, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynnfield, Middleton, Marblehead and Danvers.
Seeking Early Support
This program is open to prenatal, postpartum and parenting mothers, regardless of health insurance status or income. For referrals or more information, please contact Jen Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-593-2727.