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Healthy Women Houston Continues to Serve

Healthy Women Houston provides access to high quality, personal medical and behavioral healthcare and trusted social service support referrals to connect pregnant woman to the services she deserves. Healthy Women Houston continues to support current members and as well as enroll new members. Refer a woman today by completing the online referral form.
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Support The Council on Recovery’s Drive Thru Holiday Party

Lauren Anderson, Board of Trustees for The Council on Recovery, along with the staff of Healthy Women Houston (HWH) and The Cradles Project lead The Council’s 2020 Holiday Party, an annual event that provides fun, family-centered alternative activities that introduce or enhance bonding, wrapped gifts, diapers and other baby basics, and an appearance from Santa to pregnant and parenting clients enrolled in HWH and/or Cradles, and their children each year. The event is an important part of ensuring clients have a memorable holiday season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the party will be a DRIVE THRU event, and your help is needed.

You can support the Drive Thru event by:
  1. Shopping the Amazon wish list for gifts and baby basics.
  2. Texting TCORHOLIDAY to 41444 or give a monetary donation. Monetary donations are the easiest way to give and allow us to use the funds where they can make the most difference!
  3. Starting a toy drive at your office or church. The Amazon wish list is public, and you can share throughout your organization.  
  4. Becoming a Council Champion and start your own virtual fundraiser that you can easily share with friends and family via email, text, and social media. To start your own campaign, and for more tips and tricks for success, visit our website.
For questions or additional information, please contact LaToya Shields, Director, Community Intervention Support Services at The Council on Recovery.

Reminder: Open Enrollment through December 15

The deadline to enroll in an Affordable Care Act/Marketplace insurance plan, with coverage beginning January 1, 2021, is December 15. Visit today to enroll in a plan.

Change Happens! can support enrollment in 30 Southwest Texas counties, including Harris County. For all your enrollment needs please contact a Change Happens! ACA Navigator via phone 713.374.1282 or 844.374.1200 and by email at Bilingual Navigators are available.

Midwives and Doulas: Mothers First

Women benefit from and value the presence of a support person during labor, to provide psychological, physical, emotional, informational and practical support. In Episode 3 of Mothers First, we get a breakdown of what midwives and doulas are and the benefits a mother receives from their care while pregnant, at delivery and in the postpartum time.

Women given midwifery care are more likely to have shorter labors, spontaneous vaginal births without hospitalization, less perineal trauma, higher breastfeeding rates, and greater satisfaction with their births. As a certified nurse midwife, Kendra Oates provides holistic care for women with low-risk pregnancies, empowering mom to ensure she has the healthiest, most successful course of pregnancy.

The positive effects of doula care have been found to be greater for women who were socially disadvantaged, low income, unmarried, primiparous, giving birth in a hospital without a companion, or had experienced language/cultural barriers. Sierra McClain-Henry, a Houston-based doula, provides women with evidence-based information and education, while most importantly, supporting mom and the decisions mom makes about her birth experience.

Mothers First is a limited digital series featuring stories of women and experts about their experiences with pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum time.

Harris County Health and Relationship Study

The Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch are launching the Harris County Health and Relationship Study. To respond to the shifting needs of people in Harris County social service programs, including individuals at-risk for health, economic concerns and family conflict, they will conduct a survey of an estimated 600 Harris County residents about their needs and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible individuals will receive a $50 electronic gift card for their participation.
They are seeking community partners to distribute an online survey to eligible clients. For more information, please see the attached letter or contact Leila Wood at the Center for Violence Prevention.
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