When Miriam gave birth to her first child, at 18, she had to come to terms with the realities of parenting a child with complex medical needs. Fortunately, she and her baby were referred to an evidence-based, home-visiting program wherein a trained professional provided in-home coaching and support.
With difficulty affording necessities like nutritious food, and a husband whose military duties often kept him from home, Miriam describes the help she received from her home visitor as critical: “My home visitor helped me with every aspect of parenting, connecting me to a dietitian who could treat my daughter’s disorder, helping me access (Women Infant and Children) so that my baby and I could afford to eat, and helping me learn about my baby’s development.”
The above excerpt was originally published in Inside Sources.
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