For expecting mothers, preparing for a healthy birth starts long before labor and delivery. From conception until you bring your baby home, get the early and regular prenatal care you need for a happy and healthy pregnancy. There are many affordable prenatal care providers available here in Stark County.
There are many essential nutrients a baby needs for growth and development, so it is important for expectant mothers to eat a diet rich with nutritious foods. Know what to eat to support a healthy pregnancy and reduce common risks, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. These resources can help guide your nutrition during pregnancy.
Visit Food Assistance for more information about local pantries and meal assistance.
Support groups can help new and expecting mothers develop coping strategies for difficult situations, including pregnancy complications, stress management, postpartum depression and the loss of a child. By attending support groups, mothers develop and strengthen relationships among family members and their peers, improving their own well-being and that of their babies.
Pregnancy and parenthood is challenging at any age, and can be especially difficult for young parents. Find local mental health resources dedicated to supporting parents through a variety of functional challenges, including postpartum depression, stress management, relationship counseling and more.
To help address the growing issue of infant mortality in Stark County, local agencies have come together to form the Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB. This county-wide initiative brings together community providers, medical resources and social services to help ensure every baby in Stark County is able to celebrate their first birthday. New and expecting parents can reach out today for help improving the health and stability of their growing families.