After staring at a positive pregnancy test you are likely conflicted by a number of feelings and emotions. You may also be asking yourself a number of practical questions like "How can I afford a baby?" or "If I were to move forward with this pregnancy, where would I be able to find resources and support?" You may even be considering an abortion because of financial hardship. Babies are expensive, but they also add a lot of meaning and joy to your life, and the story of your unplanned pregnancy does not have to end here. Explore the three resources below to find out how you can receive the financial support needed to continue your pregnancy, every step of the way.
The staff at NAME OF CENTER are here to help you. We listen with empathy, then help supply you with resources to meet your needs. NAME OF CENTER helps with free baby supplies, like baby clothes, diapers, and even car seats!
Have you ever googled for pregnancy financial help and come up empty?
Client advocates are connected to local resources that might not have a strong presence on Google. Staff can help connect you with free community resources.
For example, we can REFER YOU TO A FREE CLINIC for ultrasounds and STI testing.
Plus, one PRC points people where to get free FRESH food, to liven up shelf-stable food pantry items.
Free food and supplies can ease your financial strain.
Free budgeting classes at [NAME OF CENTER] can also help you cut hidden costs. Get budgeting tips tailored to your situation.
One time, a couple did not even have a bank account, so a client advocate guided them through the process of opening one.
and stretch your dollars!
2. Government Assistance for Pregnant Women
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), TANF, and other government resources help low-income individuals afford basic necessities like food, health insurance, housing, and more.
Let's start with food.
Both SNAP and WIC help you afford groceries. Once you’re connected to SNAP, you can use your EBT card to shop on Amazon! No membership required. But if you want a discounted Prime membership, EBT qualifies you for that, too.
Next, health insurance.
If you are pregnant and lack health insurance, you probably qualify for Medicaid. Make sure you count your unborn baby as a member of your household on the application. Bigger households raise the income limit, so it can help to get a free ultrasound to check for twins or triplets. PRCs can refer you for a free ultrasound.
Help with jobs.
Often, women say “I need to get a job interview early before I start showing.” You cannot be discriminated against in job interviews. (Employers are not allowed to ask if you are pregnant.) You cannot be fired for being pregnant. Depending on the department, they may have work programs you can do while pregnant. Some programs help with transportation to jobs.
Programs will cover, or partially cover, child care costs, saving you money. (Get started early. Top rated child care facilities have long waitlists.)
If you’re not sure where to start,
talk to us at [NAME OF CENTER] about which agencies serve your needs.
United Way advances the common good through health, education and financial stability. They keep current lists of local charities and services for your needs. It’s basically a genie in a bottle.
The fastest way to access this network is to call their partner, 2-1-1 (24/7) or go online. 211 can help with financial assistance. They can point you to transportation assistance, including basic car repair, bus pass help, and sometimes fuel cards.
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