The Indiana State Department of Health launches a new helpline for mothers. The Maternal and Child Health MOMS Helpline replaces the Indiana Family Helpline and emphasizes services that can help reduce infant death in the Hoosier state.
Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. The Indiana State Department of Health is hoping to lower the number of infant mortality cases in the state, in part with this new helpline.
The MOMS Helpline is designed to help pregnant women access early and regular prenatal care and connect them with a network of prenatal and child health care services within their communities around the state.
The helpline incorporates many of the services from the old Indiana Family Helpline.
It can connect Hoosiers with services that include:
– Locating a health care provider
– Prenatal services
– Health coverage enrollment, including the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0
– Care for baby, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program
– Baby programs, including safe sleep information
– Baby items, such as cribs and car seats
– Care for moms
– Transportation providers
– Free testing sites for pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases
– Housing assistance
– Nutrition assistance, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
– Education referrals, including breastfeeding classes and job training programs
– Behavioral health providers
Certified navigators are also available to assist Hoosiers who are applying for benefits such as Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise, Children’s Health Insurance Plan, Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
For more information, click here: MOMS Helpline