MomsFirst is an outreach program for pregnant women, sponsored by the City of Cleveland. Community Health Workers who are specially trained provide home visits and support services to help women have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
MomsFirst can provide the support you need whether this is your first pregnancy or not. All pregnancies are different.
Your Community Health Worker will:
- help you find a doctor for you and your baby
- help you get to the doctor for your check-ups
- connect you to any medical or social services you need
- provide answers to questions you may have about prenatal care, baby care, birth control and family planning
- help you deliver a healthy baby
All MomsFirst services are FREE.
To qualify you must:
- Live in Cleveland
- Be pregnant (it is best to get in the program during the first three months of your pregnancy)
- Be at high risk of having problems during your pregnancy, such as little or no prenatal care, need for transportation or supportive services, food or medical insurance
If you are a pregnant teenager, MomsFirst can help educate you about pregnancy and other health related issues, as well as help you get child care and other social services so that you can stay in school and graduate.
If you are in jail, in a rehab program, or living in a shelter, MomsFirst can help you too. You can get assistance with health and social service needs, parenting classes, reuniting you with your children, and community re-entry.
To get more information or to sign up for the MomsFirst program at Merrick House, which services the west side of Cleveland, contact Tiffany Ashley at (216) 771-5077
Each month Merrick House hosts a MomsFirst Consortium for Pregnant Women, which is open to the public. This is an educational event with speakers on topics such as SIDS, Breastfeeding, Family Planning and more. Visit our Calendar of Events for dates and times.
For more information on Infant Mortality in Cleveland:
Babies are Dying in the Black Community: A Closer Look at Cuyahoga County
Funded in part by the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, Community West Foundation, The Reuter Foundation, the Thatcher Family Fund, the CareSource Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, and private donations.