A woman was referred to the Healthy Start Program 23 weeks pregnant with severe depression. She had relocated and did not have a stable place to call home; therefore, she and her ex-partner decided that it would be best if their children stayed with him. This, of course, saddened the client because she was used to seeing her children every day, and with this move that was no longer possible. The distance between one state and the other was too much for her. She was referred to counseling, and in the meantime was seeking a new home.
By the time she was 29 weeks pregnant her ex-partner and the children had moved to Florida as well, which helped herwith her emotional state. She was now able to visit her children more often, reducing her feelings of depression. With the assistance and empowerment of the Healthy Start Program, at 38 weeks of gestation the client delivered a healthy baby boy.
While in the hospital she reported receiving services from the TLC program, which built her confidence in exclusively breastfeeding her child. Not only was she grateful for the services received in the hospital, but also for the services provided by the Home Nurse. She said that home nurse was caring, informative, and thorough in assisting her and her newborn. She also said the home nurse was helpful in answering her questions regarding breastfeeding as she observed and approved the way she was breastfeeding.
The client expressed thanks for Healthy Start services during her pregnancy, and has asked to continue receiving services for her newborn. She will be receiving baby wear training in the near future.