Free Prenatal and Infant Care Directories – The Waynedale News

The latest edition of the Prenatal & Infant Care Resource Directory is now freely available to the public and organizations that serve low-income and vulnerable residents.

Free printed copies of the directory can be picked up by completing the request form at www.SJCHF.org/directories. A pdf copy of the directory is also available on this same web page.

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation updates and prints the directory every two years. It lists more than 100 free or low-cost prenatal and infant care services located in Allen County. Services such as health insurance registration, teen parenting, childcare, parenting classes, pregnancy testing, breastfeeding, vaccinations and more are listed in the directory. Each service listed includes information on days and hours of operation, payment methods accepted, whether photo ID is required, whether it is located on a bus route, and whether interpreters are available.

“Improving access to quality prenatal and infant resources is a priority for The St. Joe Foundation,” said Meg Distler, Executive Director of The St. Joe Foundation. “These directories are an important way to connect pregnant women and new mothers, especially those who are most vulnerable, to services and resources that can help them lead healthy lives and raise healthy children.”

The St. Joe Foundation began printing the Prenatal & Infant Care Resource Directory in 2005 and since then has provided more than 110,000 free copies to residents and local organizations. Each year, the Foundation distributes approximately 6,600 copies.

The Foundation has recently considered offering the information online only, but those who use the directory have overwhelmingly asked to continue the distribution of printed copies. The information in the directories is provided to Indiana 211 for use on its website and by 211 operators.

The St. Joe’s Foundation also prints and distributes the free Community Health Resource Directory, a guide to quality and affordable health and wellness services in Allen County. It is updated every two years alternating with the Prenatal & Infant Care Resource Directory. Both directories are available at www.SJCHF.org/directories.

The St. Joe’s Foundation is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and works to serve vulnerable populations in four impact areas: prenatal and child care, nutrition and food insecurity, access to health care affordable and quality, and refugees and immigrants.

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