What is KY-Moms Maternal Assistance Toward Recovery?
KY-Moms is a program developed to help soon-to-be and recent mothers reduce harm to themselves and their children that comes from maternal substance use during and after pregnancy. KY-Moms helps you find the resources you need to ensure the health of your baby. Program staff provide a caring, nonjudgmental environment that gives mothers ongoing support during pregnancy and postpartum. KY-Moms offers prenatal education and early intervention to improve a mother’s emotional, social and physical well-being.
There are many problems that can occur during pregnancy and many factors that cause problems. These include:
- Poor Nutrition
- Tobacco Use
- Drug and Alcohol Use
- Depression or Anxiety
- Domestic Violence
- Lack of prenatal care
When mothers experience even one of the Risk Factors outlined in this brochure, the potential problems the baby could face are numerous.
Unborn babies and babies in their first few months of life can have issues such as:
- Poor Growth
- Premature birth weight or low birth weight
- Eating and sleeping problems
- Developmental Delays
- Excessive Crying
- Learning Disabilities
Did You know?
National and local surveys show that nearly 10% of pregnant women will use illicit drugs during their pregnancy. Almost twice as many will use alcohol and at least 25% of pregnant women in Kentucky will smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse during pregnancy occurs at nearly equal rates across all races and income levels. Even if a woman uses alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs throughout her pregnancy, regular prenatal care can still greatly increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the leading known cause for mental defects. It occurs more frequently than any other known causes such as Down Syndrome, and is 100% preventable.