Throughout our thirty-five-year history, MHP Salud’s Life Stages initiative has helped empower pregnant women across the nation. Pregnancy is an important time for women and their children, and intervention on existing health risks as well as taking preventative measures to avoid complications is critical. Access to quality preconception, prenatal, and other women’s health services can improve pregnancy-related health outcomes.
MHP Salud’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) also support pregnant women by providing education on the health benefits of breastfeeding along with assistance for breastfeeding mothers. For many lower-income Latino and Hispanic mothers, there are various social, cultural, and economic factors that make successful breastfeeding challenging. These factors can include the halting of breastfeeding because of a mother’s need to return to work or school, not having privacy or support from family and misinformation around the nutritional benefits of breastfeeding.1
A CHW’s knowledge of the culture and understanding of these mothers’ situations gives them the insight and empathy they need to address these factors head-on. With this advantage, they can provide education around breastfeeding and dispel common misconceptions to mothers, fathers, and the community at large.