First Time Mom Turns to Help Me Grow – Long Island for Help During Pregnancy
by Blanca Franco, Docs for Tots HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist
Brit and her son with Help Me Grow Family Resource Specialists Fabella Decema and Blanca Franco
I want to give big thanks to Help Me Grow – Long Island. They were a big part of my journey during my pregnancy. I was scared, nervous, to be a single mom. But they helped me so much… to find many resources and so much stuff your baby needs. I had great support on Long Island, and great parents that stood by me through it all. I was hurt in the beginning when things had a twist but I bounced right back up. I helped myself by getting the help I needed – and had my dad come with me to all my prenatal visits. He was very supportive and so was my mom. Being a single mom shows dignity, strength, and women power. I am so excited to watch the milestones of my son growing up. Hearing him cooing, baby talk, seeing him smile, him lifting his head, and holding him close to my heart. I will be there all the way and he knows he is loved by me and my parents!
Brit and her son
Blanca from HMG-LI connected Brit with many support services such as Allied Foundation Diaper Bank, WIC, Long Island Doula Association, Mercy Medical Center’s Community Baby Shower to help her deal with challenges related to basic needs, parenting support and education. HMG-LI is a great Helpline for families with children prenatal to 5 which connects caregivers like Brit with already existing resources on Long Island they might not be aware of or might feel overwhelmed navigating through. A caregiver can reach a Family Resource Specialist by calling (516) 548-8924.
Blanca Franco is a HMG-LI Family Resource Specialist, assisting families in English and Spanish.