Chicago Resources for New and Expecting Parents

Chicago Resources for New and Expecting Parents

Article contributed by DePaul University student, Maegan Fahy

Congratulations to Chicago’s new and expecting parents! MSV recognizes that supporting your child’s development is no easy task. Here is a list of local resources and tools to help you on your journey with your little one.




Bump Club and Beyond's Expectant Parent Webinars

Virtual Events

BCB’s resident sleep expert, Janeen Hayward, discusses safety standards and techniques for helping your newborn rest easy. Ask questions and interact with specialists about successful sleep tools for your child.

Click here to view BCB’s previous seminars, recordings of past live events, checklists for expectant mothers, and raffle opportunities.



UChicago Medicine’s Prenatal & Family Classes

Virtual Events

The University of Chicago School of Medicine provides a wide variety of online prenatal and family events and courses ranging from labor preparation, to breastfeeding basics, to infant massage classes.

Explore UChicago’s multitude of free resources and upcoming events at Free registration is available for all classes.



Family Connects Chicago

In-home visits by appointment

Family Connects Chicago is a free in-home nurse service provided by the Chicago Department of Public Health, available to Chicago families with newborns. A registered nurse will visit your home after birth to check on you and your child.

Click here for more information about Family Connects Chicago or email to apply for free.



IDHS: Women, Infants, and Children

Chicago DHS and CEDA offices, or appointments conducted via phone

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WIC is a food assistance program for women,infants, and children that provides cash assistance for healthy foods, information about health, and access to healthcare providers.

Find out if you qualify for assistance with the WIC Pre-screening Tool.



Planned Parenthood Pregnancy Resources

Chicago Planned Parenthood Offices

Sunday - Tuesday CLOSED Wednesday 9:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of pregnancy-related services including fertility services and prenatal care.

Specific programs include pregnancy testing, fertility awareness education, prenatal services, childbirth classes, or postpartum depression exams.

To book an appointment click here or call 1-800-230-7526.



Child Care Assistance Program

Child Care Assistance Centers

The Illinois Department of Human Services' Child Care Assistance Program and your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency are joining forces to support families by providing care to children ages 0 - 13, or 0 - 19 if the child has documented special needs.

Click here to check your eligibility for CCAP assistance.

Marillac St. Vincent's Project Hope

MSV's Project Hope is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting girls and young women ages 12-25 that addresses the many needs of mothers in Chicago. We empower girls and young women to work towards self-sufficiency, care for their child, and build a positive future for their family.

Project Hope offers a variety of services including:

Prenatal and parenting groups that focus on the relationship between mother and baby

Regular home visits before and after the birth of the child

Doula birthing services that support young mothers during labor and delivery

Referrals to schools, housing, health agencies, job training and recreational activities

Developmental assessments and infant mental health services for newborns

Click here for more information about Project Hope.




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