Prenatal home visits? Parents as Teachers does that!

Zenmommy is pregnant! In case you don’t know, she’s one of the Looking Glass Lane girls and half of My Mommy Manual. She’s also a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher who shares her knowledge of the healing powers of touch with child advocate organizations like Parents as Teachers. That’s how I came to know her.

So when she shared her big news (twins!) recently I asked if she was signed up for Parents as Teachers prenatal visits. Amazingly she didn’t know Parents as Teachers programs did that! Indeed, Parents as Teachers parent educators conducted tens of thousands of prenatal visits last year. These prenatal visits are often the first step in helping parents develop parenting skills and confidence. Parents as Teachers prenatal visits:

  • lay the groundwork for a positive relationship with the family.
  • provide a means of information sharing so future visits by a parent educator can be tailored to the family’s individual needs.
  • enhance parents’ parenting skills…yes, even before a baby is born.
  • provide an opportunity to spot potential red flags, such as an absent father or physical or financial needs, that might benefit from another specialist or community resource.

Interestingly, these are some of the very same benefits of prenatal visits outlined in a new clinical report in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So Zenmommy, I urge you to register with your Parents as Teachers program in Maplewood soon! January will be here before you know it!


3 thoughts on “Prenatal home visits? Parents as Teachers does that!

  1. Practical Mommy

    I did not know about P.A.T.’s prenatal visits either! Something everyone can and should take advantage of… talk about getting your kids off to the right start. Actually, it’s getting moms off to the right start too. I remember so appreciating my parent educator as a young mom… I can’t imagine having one come while I was pregnant too! Priceless!

  2. Suzanne Tucker

    wow Pat, you made this soooo easy for me. I just clicked and got the number to my PAT program in Maplewood and will be calling to set up my first home visit :p (prenatal… who knew?!?!) we are sooooo blessed in st. louis to have the sort of services we receive from PAT and i am happy to know your services are being offered across the US and even abroad. loved my parent educator with my first two and can not WAIT to get back in the PAT loop. *smiles*

  3. Suzanne Tucker

    It’s official. I called our local program today!@!! I’ve been looking at my “getting ready to have babies” list and COULDN”T go to hospital without checking this one off ;).

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