Having a baby is exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially for young women and first-time mothers.
If you live in Southern Nevada and you are expecting a baby, and you need help with medical care, financial assistance, emotional support, or parenting advice, this website can help. It contains information about many organizations and programs throughout Clark County that offer resources to help you:
- Stay healthy throughout your pregnancy
- Deliver a healthy, full-term baby
- Learn how to take care of your baby throughout infancy
Many Southern Nevada residents, especially low-income women, may be eligible for free or low-cost programs offered through the federal government, State of Nevada, and Clark County. The information on this website includes contact information for these programs.
You can also call Nevada 2–1-1, a help line for information about all kinds of resources available for pregnant women and new mothers in Southern Nevada. The 2–1-1 operators will discuss your specific needs and refer you to organizations that provide help with medical care, food and baby supplies, parent education, family planning, and many other services. Dial 2–1-1 to talk with an operator, or text your 5-digit zip code to 898211.
After Baby Arrives
After Baby Arrives
Family to Family Connection
The Family to Family Connection program strengthens families through interactive classes for parents and children up to four years old. Each child is assessed to determine her or his own childhood needs. Classes for mom and child cover a wide variety of subjects, such as motor skills, interactive play, music, art, socialization, appropriate discipline, and proper health and nutrition.
Other needs, such as diapers, formula, and clothing are also provided. Family to Family also provides workshops and activities such as infant CPR, infant massage, infant socialization, parent support groups, and interactive play.
Family to Family Connection classes and programs are offered at various locations throughout Clark County. Each location serves residents who live in a particular geographic area.
North Las Vegas (Olive Crest)
3825 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 604
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
East/Central Las Vegas (East Valley Family Services)
1800 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 112
Las Vegas, NV 89119
West Las Vegas (Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club)
2850 S. Lindell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146
South Las Vegas (HopeLink)
178 Westminster Way
Henderson, NV 89015
Early Head Start — 702–387-0179
Early Head Start is child development program for very low-income young children, children with disabilities, and their families. The program prepares low-income, preschool-aged children for success in school. The program offers activities for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds; as well as home visits, especially for families with newborns; and parent education and parent-child activities.
Department of Family Services Parenting Classes — (702) 455‑5295
The Clark County Department of Family Services offers a series of free programs to help parents be more effective in raising their children. Programs are located at various times, days and locations throughout Clark County. The programs include: Baby Care (for expecting or new parents with children ages birth to 6 months), Nurturing Parents and Families (for parents of children ages 6 months to 5 years), ABC’s (for parents of children ages 5 to 10 years), ParenTeen Solutions (for parents and youth 11 to 17 years), and Blended Families (for parents and step parents with children of all ages).
Food & Nutrition Counseling
Food & Nutrition Counseling
Eating healthy foods helps new mothers stay physically well and keeps babies healthy while breastfeeding. Making sure young children eat healthy meals also prevents them from becoming overweight and developing health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
Unfortunately, some babies and children don’t get the food they need to be healthy and to avoid serious health problems. This can be for several reasons, including the following:
- Mothers have a hard time breastfeeding their babies or aren’t sure how to breastfeed correctly.
- Parents perceive it is easier to eat at fast-food restaurants than to cook healthy meals at home.
- New parents have never been told how important healthy foods are for their children, or their families don’t support their efforts to cook nutritious meals.
- Healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, are often more expensive than foods that are high in fat and calories.
- The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helps teach new mothers how to breastfeed their infants, and provides nutritious foods to families to make sure children are eating healthy meals.
Women, Infants and Children – 1-800-863‑8942
The WIC program, administered by the Nevada State Health Division, helps improve the health of low-income Nevada women, infants and children who are eligible for the program by providing supplemental nutritious foods (such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, fruit juice, beans, and peanut butter). These foods are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium & iron.
WIC encourages breastfeeding, since human breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants. However, WIC also provides infant formula, as well as infant cereal and juice.
The WIC program also provides nutrition counseling, nutrition classes, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health and other social services at no charge to eligible participants.
For Pregnant Women
Baby, you’re expecting!
Medical care during pregnancy is called “prenatal” care.
Getting prenatal care early in pregnancy is very important, especially for first-time mothers. Prenatal care offers education about:
- healthy eating and exercise throughout pregnancy
- what to expect during birth
- skills for taking care of your baby during his or her first years
In Southern Nevada, however, many women are not getting the care they need. For some, it’s because they feel they can’t afford care. Others don’t have the support they need from their families to help them get to appointments. Still others struggle with cultural attitudes that lead them to believe care isn’t needed.
Baby, you’re not alone
Here’s the good news: there are several organizations in Southern Nevada that assist pregnant women, new mothers, and families with medical care, as well as financial assistance, emotional support, and parenting advice.
Text 4 Baby
Text4baby is a free mobile information service that sends free text messages to pregnant women and new mothers, to help them through their pregnancies and their babies’ first year. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
Baby Steps and Bright Beginnings — (702) 383‑2229
1120 Shadow Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89102
UMC’s Family Resource Center is home to two programs dedicated to serving expectant and new mothers. Baby Steps assists mother in obtaining financial assistance for prenatal care, referral to a physician, transportation to prenatal visits, emotional support and childbirth education. This program is offered free of charge to any pregnant woman. Bright Beginnings provides education in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, sibling classes, baby basics, infant massage, infant and child CPR, a “boot camp” for new dads and babysitter classes.
Baby Rose — (702) 568‑9074
St. Rose Dominican’s Baby Rose program encourages early, continuous prenatal care through free services to uninsured women, including referrals to doctors, prenatal vitamins, and childbirth education. Also available at St. Rose Dominican is the Kickin’ it with Baby program, a relaxed, eight-week group for pregnant teens and teen moms.
Baby First — (702) 759‑0883
HELP of Southern Nevada’s Baby First service provides pregnant women with health care information and guidance before and after the baby comes; mother-to-mother support; and assistance with diapers, formula, wipes and prenatal vitamins.
Nurse-Family Partnership — (702) 759‑0779
The Southern Nevada Health District’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program helps low-income, first-time moms with the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide competent care for their children, and achieve a better life for themselves and their families. A specially trained nurse will make visits to your home and create a partnership with you to help you throughout your pregnancy and the first two years of your child’s life.
Sunny Babies — (702) 731‑8703
Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Sunny Babies program encourages pregnant women to seek early and continuous prenatal care, beginning in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Sunny Babies helps you find a doctor, apply for Medicaid insurance, and register for free childbirth classes.
Healthcare coverage for mothers and babies
Health insurance helps expecting mothers pay for prenatal and maternity care. It also helps new parents pay for visits to the pediatrician and immunizations for their children.
If you don’t have healthcare insurance coverage, or if the coverage you have isn’t enough to afford medical care for you and your baby, the following agencies can help:
Medicaid — (702) 668‑4200
Nevada Medicaid provides health coverage to pregnant women and children living under the federal poverty level who meet all of the program’s eligibility requirements, including citizenship. Medicaid covers hospital and doctor’s visits, prenatal care, emergency room visits, drugs, and other treatments for women and children.
Nevada Check Up — (877) 543‑7669
Nevada Check Up is a state health insurance program that provides comprehensive healthcare coverage to low-income Nevada children who are not covered by private insurance or Medicaid, and who meet other eligibility requirements. Benefits include well-baby/well-child visits, prescription drugs, mental health benefits, immunizations, and dental and vision services.
Access to HealthCare Network — (702) 489‑3400
The mission of Access to Healthcare Network is to increase access to primary and specialty health care for the uninsured working poor in Nevada. Uninsured Nevada residents who do not qualify for Medicaid, Nevada Check Up, or employer-sponsored insurance can apply to be members of the network, which offers access to healthcare services at greatly reduced rates.
Pregnant & Homeless
Help if you are pregnant and homeless
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth provides help for pregnant teens, including food, supplies, and shelter.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth – 702–383-1332