Many new moms have feelings like these that don't go away or get better in a couple days. Talk to your doctor or call First Connections for a free, confidential visit if something doesn't feel right at any time, even in pregnancy. With help, you and your baby will be well. more
At birth, Rhode screens every baby for 30 conditions, including hearing loss. more
Talk to your doctor or a family planning agency about a birth control option that's best for you. If you are thinking of having more children, talk about your reproductive life plan and pregnancy spacing. more
First Connections is a free service that has supported thousands of Rhode Island pregnant women, parents, and care givers with children up to age three. Trained specialists are available to meet with parents at their home, or in another place in the community. They can answer a wide range of parenting questions and connect you with resources and services to give your child every possible advantage. more
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program provides many services for eligible families, including breastfeeding support, medical and social service referrals, and checks for healthy foods. more
Doctors recommend that adults and adolescents who will be around infants be vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap. This could include parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and other child care providers. Tdap protects against, among other diseases, pertussis. Infants are too young to be fully immunized against pertussis, but an infant's exposure to the illness can be reduced if he or she only comes into contact with people who are vaccinated. This practice is called cocooning.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Rhode Island Works Program offers eligible parents temporary cash assistance, health coverage, child care assistance, and help finding job training or a job. To learn more or to apply, contact your local DHS office. more
BrightStars can help you access quality child care and early learning programs in your community. more