Sisters in Birth, a nonprofit charitable organization working to improve prenatal health and reduce premature births in Hinds County, plans to open a community-based teen pregnancy program in Jackson in September 2019. The program will provide services such as home visitation, child birth education activities, structured physical activities, labor and delivery support, motivational counseling, patient advocacy and breastfeeding counseling for pregnant teens living in Hinds County.
The organization will give teens who successfully complete the program a free crib and car seat, and will offer financial incentives to those who both have full-term, vaginal births and breastfeed, a release from Sisters in Birth says.
Sisters in Birth plans to enroll a maximum of 50 Hinds County teens between the ages of 14 and 18 and in their 1st trimester each year and will support them throughout their pregnancies, births and after birth. The program is free to teens who are eligible for Medicaid coverage, and whose parent or guardian is willing to be involved in the program. The group will offer teens not eligible for Medicaid a sliding-scale fee based on their families’ incomes.
For more information or to request an application for the program, email [email protected]