What We Do
Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting
In 2012, The Planning Council, with support from the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Commonwealth University, was selected as one of four pilot sites across the state to improve access to maternal, infant and childhood home visiting programs. The centralized intake system better coordinates linkages to a variety of services across South Hampton Roads for expecting and new mothers. At the program’s core is a behavioral health screening tool, which quickly identifies pregnant and postpartum women at risk for mental health, substance abuse, smoking and interpersonal violence. Overall, the program ensures that comprehensive services and benefits programs are identified that improve the quality of life for both parents and children.
- We assist approximately 120 new moms and their families in need each month.
- In the last year, 1,455 families were assisted by central intake.
This program offers a variety of healthcare resources to pregnant and postpartum women, as well as connections to other support services.
Pregnant? Caring for young children? We can help!
- Do you live in South Hampton Roads or Western Tidewater?
- Do you want to know about services for you and your child?
- Are you a parent or an expectant mother who needs someone to talk to?
Get free and confidential information. Call 757-622-9268 extension 3042 or 3057, or email HVCI@theplanningcouncil.org
In connection with the Maternal, Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program expansion, we partnered with area hospitals to implement a Universal Screening to mothers of every newborn, which helps identify potential risks, and links families to appropriate resources.
- In the last year, 565 families were referred to home visiting services.
- 100% of families received comprehensive physical and behavioral health screenings.
Maternal and Infant Resources
- Virginia Home Visiting Consortium Directory – Find home visiting programs and resources near you.
- Child Trends – Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families
- Postpartum Support International – This site offers information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including risk factors, symptoms and treatments. Use this site to get the facts about depressions, learn more about anxiety and receive postpartum psychosis help and information.
- Postpartum Progress – This site offers in-depth information, support and hope for all pregnant and new moms who have postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression or anxiety during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, bipolar, peripartum onset/postpartum bipolar, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum.
- Kids Priority One – This site provides vast resources that connect both parents and children to resources, including health, education, community activities and more! http://www.kidspriorityone.org/
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Could your organization or agency benefit from our Community Engagement Services? Have a question about how we can help you meet a community need? Send us a message and someone from the appropriate department will get back to you as soon as possible.