If you’re pregnant and have many questions flooding through your mind about what parenting means and what that will look like for you, that’s normal. Parenting can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding jobs, you will ever have. But with determination and utilizing the resources around you, you can be successful!

Her Health Women’s Center offers different programs, classes and resources all available to you if you choose parenting as the best option for you. We truly are here for you at every step of your pregnancy journey.

BRIGHTCOURSE PROGRAM

Our popular BrightCourse program helps to answer many of the questions you may have about pregnancy, newborn care, and parenting skills. Through regular lessons that include videos and worksheets, you’ll learn important information about your pregnancy and your baby. The lessons are fun, practical and include a variety of topics. For every lesson you attend, you will earn points that you may use to redeem items in our boutique.

Our staff will develop an individualized lesson plan that is specific to your needs to help you better understand both the joys and the challenges of parenting. Staff members provide ongoing support, as you prepare to be the best parent possible.

BETTY & GENE BARTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Participants in our BrightCourse (formerly Earn While You Learn) program who are interested in pursuing an education and career in Nursing or a related Health Science field are eligible to apply for the Betty & Gene Barth Memorial Scholarship.

This $1,000 Scholarship is meant to encourage and assist expectant mothers to further their education. The goal is to help them find a rewarding career so they can support themselves and their new families. Funding for this Endowed Scholarship was provided as a gift in remembrance of Betty and Gene Barth. Their own story as expectant parents served as the inspiration for this gift. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be enrolled (or plan to enroll) in the Nursing Program or related Health Science field at Western Iowa Tech Community College and be currently enrolled in or have previously completed within the past year Her Health Women’s Center’s BrightCourse (formerly Earn While You Learn) program.

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SAFE HAVEN FOR NEWBORNS

The Safe Haven Act is a law that allows parents – or another person who has the parent’s authorization – to leave an infant up to 30 days old at a hospital or health care facility without fear of prosecution for abandonment. A parent may also contact 911 and relinquish physical custody of an infant up to 30 days old to a first responder of the 911 call.

Source: https://dhs.iowa.gov/safe-haven