Proper care of babies and infants in the first weeks and months of life is imperative to the child's safety, well-being and overall health. Even prior to birth, it is important to pay close attention to the expectant mother's care to ensure a healthy child is born. Whether help is needed to afford prenatal care, the birthing process, postnatal care or just to acquire the necessities to raise a healthy child, pregnant women and new parents can find a variety of baby grants to assist them.
Financial Aid & Public Assistance
Low-income Americans can always turn to the government for financial assistance, especially when children are involved. If you are a low-income pregnant woman--married or single--you may be eligible to receive public aid benefits that include grant awards. If you are uninsured, the government will provide you with adequate Medicaid coverage to pay for all pre- and postnatal care required for you and your baby. You can also qualify to receive monthly cash grants through public aid and participate in WIC (Women, Infants & Children) and food stamp programs to get free milk, cheese, baby formula and other nutritious foods.
Baby & Me Tobacco Free Cessation Program
In 2010 the North Dakota Department of Health--Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control (NDDH-DTPC) made $125,000 available to health-care and community centers to fund tobacco cessation programs for pregnant women. Through its "Baby & Me Tobacco Free Cessation Program," NDDH-DTPC awards grants to qualifying agencies on a quarterly basis. The mission of the program is to help expectant mothers give up smoking in efforts to prevent tobacco-related illnesses and conditions such as stillbirth, preterm delivery and sudden infant death.
Growing Family Foundation Grants
"Growing Family" is a parental resource company that provides a number of services to new and expanding families including first hospital photos, birth announcements and childbirth education resources. The Growing Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers grants to families who have recently welcomed new infants into their homes. The foundation awards cash grants of up to $1,000 to eligible new parents to assist in the expenses of a growing family. Grant amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, and all funds are sponsored by the company and its employees.
R Baby Foundation
The R Baby Foundation is a nonprofit agency that is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and infants through improving the quality of pediatric emergency care in hospitals and medical centers nationwide. The foundation awards grants that help to finance the enhancement of communication, training and education in U.S. pediatric care centers and upgrade essential pediatric medical and emergency equipment. To date, the R Baby Foundation has awarded grants to at least 10 hospitals and medical centers including Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian and the Yale School of Medicine.
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