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Adoption Agencies
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Agencies
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
Oklahoma Health Department
Maternity Homes
Pregnancy Resource Centers
Additional Agencies
(WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
Free Ultrasound Imaging/Heart Tone Monitoring

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

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

  • Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
  • Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD)
  • Tulsa Health Department (THD)

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:

  • Preventative physical and behavioral screenings and health services for children
  • Services for children with special health care needs
  • Child immunizations
  • Family planning services
  • Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV
  • Infant car seat programs
  • Screening for breast and cervical cancer
  • Referrals for services such as personal development, mental health or drug/alcohol treatment and domestic violence prevention might also be available.

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

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.

Additional Agencies

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.
Note: You may inquire about available services and providers, by county, at the statewide toll-free WIC Referral line - 1-888-655-2942.

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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