Monthly Archives: August 2018

Benefits of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs Read More >>

Learning and development begin long before a child enters a classroom for the first time. For children to be ready for school, it’s critical that parents have the tools necessary to support their child’s development. For parents that are experiencing poverty, language barriers or geographic isolation, voluntary home visiting can be a valuable resource for supporting parents to be the best advocate for their child’s learning and development in the early years, including serving pregnant mothers. Home visits improve family and child outcomes by tailoring support to the family’s needs. Investing in children from birth through family support programs ultimately saves money for tax payers as a result of the increased family self-sufficiency.

Funding for voluntary home visiting programs at the federal level comes from the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, a federal/state partnership with long-standing bipartisan support in Congress and in states, was first established by Congress in 2010. Federal investment in MIECHV has kickstarted a boost in state investment. Since 2010, ten states—Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and Vermont – have passed legislation that creates similar accountability for their state home visiting investments.

Ayúdese a Sentirse Mejor: El fin de su embarazo Read More >>

En el embarazo a veces nos sentimos solas, como si nadie entendiera lo que nos está pasando. Aquí tiene algunas ideas que pueden ayudarla.

Su sistema de apoyo

  • Pídale a su pareja o a algún familiar que venga con usted por lo menos a una de las visitas a su médico.
  • Traiga a su pareja/ familiar a la visita de ultrasonido
  • Haga que su pareja sienta los movimientos del bebé
  • Deje que su pareja/ familiar sea su entrenador en el trabajo de parto
  • Comparta información y ejercicios con su pareja y sus familiares
  • Intercambie masajes en la espalda, especialmente en la zona lumbar
  • Salga a caminar con amigos, familiares, o su pareja
  • Sea sensible a los sentimientos de su pareja
  • Elija momentos tranquilos para expresar sus sentimientos
  • Hagan cosas juntos para alimentar la relación

Disminuir el estrés

  • Respiración relajante: inhale lentamente contando hasta 4. Su vientre se estirará como si inflara un globo.
  • Exhale por la boca con un suspiro o diciendo “ahh” mientras sale el aire. Deje que el estrés salga de su cuerpo.
  • Concéntrese en permitir que su cuerpo entero se relaje
  • Practique la respiración relajante

Póngase cómoda

  • Su vientre que crece con rapidez puede afectar sus posiciones para dormir.
  • Trate de recostarte de costado (también ayuda a que la sangre fluya hacia su bebe)
  • Intente colocar una almohada entre sus piernas mientras abraza una almohada para tener más apoyo
  • Intente con una almohada “de cuerpo” (body pillow) para obtener mayor apoyo mientras está recostada

Si usted está embarazada y le gustaría asistir clases para prepararse para el parto y para ser padres o si le gustaría a Ud. una visita de hogar para discutir su embarazo, el parto, y el recién nacido, por favor llámenos a United Way of Santa Fe County. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar! 505-819-5483 Todos los servicios son gratuitos.

Help Yourself Feel Better! The end of your pregnancy Read More >>

In pregnancy, sometimes we feel alone as if no one understands what we are going through. Here are some ideas that can help.

Your support system

  • Ask your partner or family member to come with you to at least one of your doctor visits
  • Bring your partner/ family member to ultrasound visits
  • Let your partner feel the baby move
  • Have your partner/ family member be your coach in labor
  • Share information and exercises with your partner and family members
  • Exchange back rubs, with attention to your lower back
  • Go for walks with friends, family, or your partner
  • Be sensitive to your partner’s feelings
  • Choose quiet times to express your feelings
  • Do things together to nurture your relationship

Diminishing stress

  • Relaxation breathing: take a slow deep breath counting to 4 as you breathe in. Your belly will expand like a balloon.
  • Exhale through your mouth with a sigh or say “ahh” as the air leaves. Let the stress leave your body.
  • Concentrate on letting your whole body relax
  • Practice relaxation breathing

Getting comfortable

  • Your growing belly may affect your sleeping positions
  • Try lying on your side (this also helps with blood flow to the baby)
  • Try placing a pillow between your legs while hugging a pillow for more support
  • Try a body pillow for extra support while you are lying down

If you’re pregnant and would like to attend classes to prepare for birth and parenting OR if you’d like a home visit to discuss your pregnancy, birth and baby, please call us at United Way of Santa Fe County. We’re here to help! 505-819-5483 All services are free.