MOMS Success Story: Lily

“…like night and day”

09-30-2013 · Health · MOMS

Lily_MOMSLily was afraid and lonely when she came to the Clayton County Health Department. A recent divorcee, she moved to Atlanta to be with friends but she couldn’t find a place to live.

In addition, she was pregnant with no stable income. Lily received a referral to MOMS, a program that employs trained home visitors to help guide moms-to-be through the nuances of early motherhood.

MOMS home visitors establish bonds with young families, assess the safety of their living environment and teach valuable parenting skills. Lily’s caseworker taught her about prenatal care, including the benefits of nutrition and proper rest, helped her find a place to live and even helped her find a job where she could use her nursing skills. Lily says the difference in her stress is “like night and day.”

She can now think about her future and begin planning for her baby’s future. Her caseworker continues to meet with Lily in her new space, supporting and preparing her for her biggest job of all – motherhood.