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Pregnancy and Newborn Support Programs

Thom Child & Family Services offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in Springfield and Greater Lowell area of Massachusetts.  We are able to provide these services through four programs, Welcome Family Lowell, Welcome Family Springfield, Early Intervention Partnerships Program Lowell and Early Intervention Partnerships Program Springfield.

Welcome Family

Welcome Family is a free and voluntary program which provides a one-time visit from a nurse who is experienced in supporting moms and newborns.  During the visit the nurse will make sure mom and baby are doing well, answer questions and connect families to community resources.

The Welcome Family nurse will visit within the first few weeks after the infant's birth.  Most visits take place in the family's home, but visits at an alternate location can also be arranged.  During the 90-minute visit, the nurse will answer questions, provide a health check for mother and baby, and provide information and advice about:
  • Calming your newborn
  • Bathing, changing and taking care of your newborn
  • Eating well to keep you and your newborn healthy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Ensuring that your home is safe
The nurse will ask questions to make sure you are doing okay.  These might include:
  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Do you have the support you need from family and friends?
  • Are you eating well?
  • Are you feeling upset or depressed?
Mothers will also receive a free Welcome Family bag that includes a swaddling blanket, water bottle, infant book, picture magnet, infant rattle, and informational materials.

The nurse or another person from the Welcome Family program will call you 2-3 weeks after your visit to check back in and make sure you have been able to connect with the resources and supports you need.

The Welcome Family visit, follow-up call and support are all completely free.

Thom Welcome Family programs serve mothers who give birth at Lowell General Hospital and/or live in the Greater Lowell area (Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford), as well as mothers who reside in Springfield or gave birth at Mercy Medical Center.

Early Intervention Partnerships Programs

The Early Intervention Partnership Program (EIPP) is for pregnant women and families with newborn babies.

Thom EIPPs provide home visits that focus on helping pregnant women access pre-natal care and engage in healthy behaviors. After the baby is born, Thom EIPPs help new parents to do what's best for their babies' optimal growth and development through the first year. Home visits can help with:
  • Prenatal advice and support
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health and parenting education
  • Questions about child development
  • Referrals for help with housing, health, education economic and/or community support
The EIPP can provide services to women and their families when:
  • Mother is less than 20 years old and has 2 children (including current pregnancy) OR less than 22 years old and has 3 children (including current pregnancy)
  • There is violence in the home
  • There was a previous poor birth outcome including premature birth
  • There has been inadequate prenatal care
  • Mother is homeless or housing is unstable
  • There is a history of maternal depression
  • There is a history of using substances that pose a danger for the unborn child including alcohol and tobacco
Thom EIPPs serve the Lowell Area and Springfield.