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.