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The Woman's Right to Know Resource Directory lists the following public and private agencies and the services they offer that will assist you through pregnancy, upon childbirth, and while your child is still dependent. Look for the services that are available in the county where you live or the county where you would like to receive services. Some of these agencies and their programs have special eligibility requirements, so contact the agency you are interested in to see if you qualify for services.
Adoption agencies offer birth mothers an alternative choice for unplanned or problematic pregnancies. Services provided to the birth mother might include assistance with living expenses such as; housing, food, medical care, and legal services, possibly at no cost to the birth mother. In addition, educational opportunities might be available. Public and private adoption agencies are listed if you decide to make an adoption plan for your unborn child.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Agencies
Domestic Violence agencies often can provide shelter, food, clothing, crisis counseling, and referrals for transitional housing, health services, children/family services, legal resources, vocational/educational opportunities, advocacy support groups, and other programs that will assist a woman in domestic violence circumstances. These agencies might also assist a woman in rape crisis services.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) can provide financial help, food, and medical care to low-income Oklahomans. They can provide pregnant women with basic health care coverage, and children under 19 can be eligible for medical benefits. DHS can provide temporary support for meeting basic needs, training leading to employment, and day care assistance for qualified families with children.
Oklahoma Health Departments
Each of these public health agencies provides pre-natal care services at selected health department locations to optimize the health wellness, and nutrition of pregnant women by promoting early and continuous pre-natal care.
The Children First home visitation program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Health Departments listed above, is a possible option for first time mothers that provides support throughout pregnancy and until the child is 2 years of age. This program might include education and counseling on fetal development, infant care, child development, child behavior, nutrition, and mentoring to promote effective parenting.
Other services provided by the health departments that might be of assistance to childbearing and childrearing families include:
Services are targeted for individuals or families who are uninsured or underinsured. Services might be free or on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Services will not be refused based on inability to pay for those who meet the eligibility requirements.
Maternity homes serve pregnant women with a broad range of services.
They can provide food, shelter, clothing, and transportation to pre-natal
health care facilities. In addition, they may provide individual and group
counseling, life skills training, childbirth and parenting classes, GED
tutoring and other educational opportunities, adoption counseling, and
access to legal services.
Pregnancy Resource Centers
Pregnancy resource centers (also called Pregnancy Crisis Centers) are non-profit service agencies that assist pregnant women and encourage continuation of a pregnancy. These centers offer a broad range of free services such as pregnancy testing, crisis pregnancy peer counseling, pregnancy education, fetal development and pre-natal care information, adoption referrals, and childbirth and parenting classes. They may also assist in providing maternity and infant clothing, diapers, formula, baby food, and access to a network of public and private community programs that assist pregnant women with housing, food, medical treatment, legal aid, childcare assistance, and educational opportunities. Some of these centers offer on-site pre-natal health care.
Agencies such as Planned Parenthood are listed under this heading and
offer services such as pregnancy testing, which may include a fee. Some
of these centers offer on-site pre-natal health care in addition to other
services that might assist a woman through her pregnancy, upon childbirth,
and while her child is dependent.
(WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
provides nutritious foods for women, infants, and children, referrals
to health and human services, breastfeeding support, and immunizations
at some clinics. WIC has nutrition education programs that tend to emphasize
the relationship between proper nutrition and good health, with special
emphasis on the nutritional needs of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding
women, infants, and children.
Free Ultrasound Imaging/Heart Tone Monitoring
The agencies listed under this heading offer free ultrasound imaging and/or heart tone monitoring that enable a pregnant women to view her unborn child or listen to the heartbeat of the unborn child. Interested women may call one of the agencies for a confidential appointment.
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