HEALTH MATTERS: Baptist Health Community Outreach Center offers support for pregnant women

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For many pregnant women, pregnancy can be filled with many questions and concerns. A Baptist Health program in Little Rock gives moms some peace of mind.

As Sylvia Heinley and her family waited at the Baptist Health Community Outreach Center to find out if the next baby on board was a boy or a girl, she couldn’t help but think back to the first time she walked into this building.

“When I found out I was pregnant with Harmony, I felt lonely,” Heinley said.

It was this feeling that brought her to Baptist Health’s Prenatal Community Outreach Program.

“They’ve been wonderful and the way they treat you and make you feel like family has been the most important thing to me,” Heinley said.

They offer free pregnancy tests, help mothers access Medicaid during pregnancy, and put expectant mothers through a ten-week educational program.

“This aims to educate new mothers and mothers-to-be on what to expect during pregnancy and how to have a healthy pregnancy,” said Teresa Conner, director of community outreach.

It doesn’t just stop when the baby is born. They will provide support and services until the baby is 18 months old.

“So if they need baby CPR, we do safety baby showers, we do car seat safety plans and programs,” Conner said.

For every class a mum attends, she also receives a coupon.

“They can use these coupons to shop at our store to get these baby necessities,” Conner said.

For Sylvia and her family, the center has become a second home.

“That’s why the second time I found out I was pregnant, I had to come back,” she said.

He provides a support system she never thought she would have.

211923 “If you’re feeling lonely or scared, this is the place to come,” Heinley said.

The Baptist Health Community Outreach Prenatal Program is free to all pregnant women. To get involved you can call 501-202-1540