Mamas on Bedrest: Where to Find Help When You Need It.

January 8th, 2014

Greetings Mamas!!

It’s Video Wednesday and I am so happy to be back and chatting with you. Today’s video answers a question posed to me by Mama “Tina”. (Not her real name). Tina e-mailed me that she is a first time mama to a little baby born at 27 weeks after 3 weeks on bedrest. She is struggling to make it and doesn’t even have diapers. Is there anyway that Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond can help?

While we don’t currently have such tangible resources, I did share the following resources with Tina:

Better Bedrest: This non-profit is run by my good friend Joanie Reisfeld and offers one on one phone support as well as micro grants to women who qualify.

Medicaid: Medicaid is the government funded health care program for those who have limited means and would otherwise not have access to healthcare. The rules and regulations vary by state, so visit the website and then click through to see the rules and qualifications for your particular state.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children’s Medicaid. Both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and much more. Families with children who get Children’s Medicaid pay nothing and children with CHIP pay no more than $50 a year for health care coverage. Some families with CHIP also may need to pay co-pays for some services.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Nutrition Services: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Local Health Departments and Departments of Health and Human Services: These offices often provide free or low cost health and social services. The services vary from city to city, county to county and state to state. Check you local yellow pages or google your local health department for specifics.

Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities is the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States. It works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities.

If you have personal experience with any of these charities or accessing resources when you are in need, please share your story below. If you know of any other resources,  also please share them below or e-mail

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