We work in communities with rates of infant mortality at least 1½ times the U.S. national average and high rates for other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality) in order to address the needs of high-risk women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy.
Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. families frequently struggle to meet their most basic needs. More than one-third (33%) of the predominantly (98%) African-American residents in the Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc.’s targeted communities live in poverty, with a median income of $22,629 (compared to $30,078 for Baltimore City) and more than half did not graduate high school. Choosing between paying rent and purchasing diapers is an everyday challenge for our families.
To enroll into one of our home visiting programs, a woman must be pregnant or postpartum with a child less than six months old, who live in one of our targeted communities. Our services and resources include:
- Regular home visits (frequency and term vary depending on program)
- Transportation to health care appointments and center services
- Child care for parents during classes/events at the center
- GED classes
- Parent Leadership Group
- BHS Store
- Monthly Events
- Belly Buddies
- Sister Circle
For more information about Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. programs, click here.