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.