Pregnancy and Infants


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Whether you’re pregnant, are thinking about having a baby, or already have children, we will help you find the right care, support, and resources.


Welcome EVERY Baby


Raising a child takes a village. Home visitors can be a part of your village. Welcome EVERY Baby provides free, personalized support to expecting and new parents in the safety and convenience of their home or in another location that works for them! Home visitation services give families the confidence and support they need to navigate parenthood.

To learn more contact us via email or call 805-869-1317. 

Who should participate?

Expecting and new parents who would like support in raising their baby.

What is home visiting?

Home visiting offers parents and caregivers the tools and supports that promote healthy, thriving families. Families receive one-on-support on topics such as child development, early literacy, nutrition, child safety, and referrals to needed services.

Who is a home visitor?

A home visitor is an Early Childhood Family Specialist trained to be a parent’s advocate, coach, and connector to community services. Home visitors provide expecting and new parents information and support, and serve as a trusted partner to help you through your pregnancy and early parenthood.

Why should you participate?

Because every parent deserves support in raising a healthy and strong family. During six visits, our trained staff will:

  • teach you tips and tricks for bonding and playing with your infant
  • connect you to additional resources
  • provide you with tools to improve your family’s well-being
  • give you free books!

Before Pregnancy

Your Health & Wellness

A healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy you! By being proactive in your pre-pregnancy (preconception) journey you can reduce the likelihood of pregnancy-related complications. 

Visit, the Office on Women’s Health’s website for tips to improve your wellness before pregnancy. 

Planning

The best thing you can do for your future baby is to plan ahead. Planning your pregnancy means taking into consideration what it means for you to have a baby and making decisions with your partner about your family.

To help you feel prepared and confident as you embark on your journey, click here.

Trouble Getting Pregnant?

If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, know that you’re not alone. Infertility can occur due to a variety of factors.  However, there are many safe and effective options that can improve your chances of getting pregnant.

To learn more about infertility and treatment options, click here

During Your Pregnacy

What to Expect

Congratulations! As you prepare to welcome your new baby, learn how First 5 Ventura County can support you and your child, prenatally through age 5, through a variety of resources by visiting our parenting page.

To explore topics such as the stages of pregnancy, prenatal care, bodily changes, and more, visit the Office on Women’s Health. 

Nutrition, Wellness, & Safety

Now that you’re pregnant, your nutrition and wellness choices can help increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Regular prenatal care is necessary to support the health of you and your baby. 

To explore how to have a healthy pregnancy, click here.

Teen Pregnancy

What to Expect

Young people who become parents often experience intense and mixed feelings about the pregnancy and the idea of becoming a parent. Know that with a proper support system and preparation, it is possible to have a healthy pregnancy and be an excellent parent. 

For tips on how to have a healthy teen pregnanacy, visit the American Pregnancy Asociation. Additionaly, for suggestions on how to share the news with your loved ones and additional resources, click here.

Supporting Your Pregnant Teen

If your teenage child is expecting, you can play a big role in supporting a healthy teenage pregnancy. Pregnant and parenting teens often face a mutltitude of challenges, ensuring that adolescent parents receive adequate social, emotional, medical, and academic support is essential to the parent and the baby’s future.

For tips on supporting your pregnant teen, visit. 

Your Rights to Privacy

Many clinics provide free or low-cost counseling and reproductive health services, including birth control, for teens. By law, Title X family planning clinics must offer private and confidential services for teens. 

Learn more about teens’ rights in California, visit Sex, etc

Giving Birth

Receiving a Doula with Medi-Cal

Doulas are non-medical birth workers who provide educational, advocacy, and emotional support to birthing people and their families throughout the entire term of the pregnancy and postpartum period. Research has shown that utilizing a doula is extremely beneficial for the birthing parent and the baby and can improve birthing outcomes for women of color. 

To learn more about doula services as a Medi-Cal benefit, click here.

*note to self – program is covered beginning Jan 1, but program doesn’t seem like it will be ready by then*

How to Advocate for Yourself During Birth

You are your own best advocate. Babies are unpredictable and knowing your rights can help you better prepare so that you can advocate for yourself and your baby. If you are unable to work with a doula who can advocate on your behalf, view Healthline’s article on How to Advocate for Yourself and Your Baby During Delivery

Creating a Birth Plan

One way to communicate your preferences to the Labor and Delivery staff who will care for you is to create a birth plan. A birth plan is an outline of what you would ideally like to happen during your labor and after the birth. Your birth plan is personal to you and depends on what you want and think is best.

Birth plans aren’t essential, but if you would like to explore making a birthing plan, visit the American Pregnancy Association

Preparing for Baby

Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest joys and responsibilities. As you are preparing to welcome the newest member of your family, there is a lot to think about. View the links below to help you prepare for labor and delivery.

Postpartum

The ‘4th’ Trimester

The Fourth Trimester is a critical time period in a birthing parent’s life, usually viewed as the time between birth and 12 weeks postpartum, which sets the stage for long-term health and well-being.

The Fourth Trimester is a time of recovery and adjustment as you are filled with many new experiences and changes. Remember to take care of yourself during these first few weeks to properly recover so that you can best care for your new baby. 

To learn more on how to recover from birth, click here.

Baby’s Development

90% of your child’s brain is developed in the first five years. These years are critical for developing lifelong social, emotional, and learning skills. Help Me Grow Ventura County helps you provide the best start for your child!

As a no-cost service to families, Help Me Grow can:

  • Answer questions about your child’s development and behavior.
  • Offer free developmental screenings.
  • Provide tips to support your child’s development.
  • Connect you to local services, if your child needs extra support.

Call or text 805-244-6911 or complete the online enrollment form.

Feeding Your Baby

How you feed your newborn is the first nutrition decision you make for your child. While your newborn’s feeding pattern can be unpredictable, it’s an opportunity to begin forming a bond with the newest member of your family.  Below are resources if you need help feeding your child.

  • View BabyCenter’s baby feeding guide
  • Breastfeed/Chestfeeding: A variety of lactation-related concerns can happen during this period of life,  connect with a lactation consultant to support you and your baby. 
  • Formula feeding: For resources on how to access formula, reach out to your local WIC. 
Breastfeeding Support – Know Your Rights

California has some of the strongest laws and regulations in the nation to support breastfeeding and lactating individuals. To view Breastfeeding Rights, click here.

Family Planning After Birth

Whether you are choosing to plan your next pregnancy or use a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy, there are many options to consider when it comes to family planning postpartum.

Ultimately your decision for contraceptives will come down to safety, availability, affordability, and what works best for your body and should be discussed with your doctor. There are many birth control options for you to consider, explore them here

Your Fatherhood Journey


Becoming a new father can feel a little overwhelming, but fatherhood is one of the most wonderful experiences in life, and one of the most important for your child’s early development. Studies show that affectionate, supportive dads can help instill a sense of well-being and self-confidence in young children. To register for our Parent and Child together classes, click here.

Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy

Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the joys and challenges ahead, and be an active, involved, and supportive partner.

How to Be an Advocate for Your Partner

Male Infertility

  • Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy

    Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the joys and challenges ahead, and be an active, involved, and supportive partner.

  • How to Be an Advocate for Your Partner

  • Male Infertility

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