County Health Departments
H.A.N.D.S.
Health Access Nurturing Development Services
Main Office - 606-674-8716
Renee Hembree - Public Health Services Coordinator


Pregnancy and becoming a parent for the first time can be overwhelming experiences, which come with worries, questions and stress. Parents may wonder:
  • Are the feelings I'm having about my pregnancy typical?
  • What physical changes and discomforts can be expected during pregnancy?
  • What should I know before delivery and before bringing my baby home?
  • How do I know what my baby needs when he cries?
  • How do I help my baby feel secure and loved?
  • When should my child begin walking and talking?
  • How important is a dad's role in a child's development?
H.A.N.D.S. can answer these kinds of questions and provide parents with support in developing a parent-child relationship.

Who can participate? First-time, new and expectant moms and dads.
 
What parents can expect from H.A.N.D.S.:
 
All families will receive information and learn about community resources for new parents and engage in fun activities to learn more about:
  • Having a healthy pregnancy
  • Caring for their baby
  • How to bond with their child
  • How to provide their child with enriching learning experiences
  • Creating a safe and healthy home
  • Child development

H.A.N.D.S. Believes:
  • All parents want to be good parents.
  • All parents want their children to be healthy.
  • All families have strengths.
  • Families are responsible for their children.
  • Families are the primary decision makers regarding their children.
  • Communities recognize their roles in children's lives.
  • Communities recognize that all children must succeed.

Impact of H.A.N.D.S.:

Those who participate in H.A.N.D.S. experience:
  • Fewer premature infants
  • Fewer low birthweight babies
  • Fewer developmental delays
Parents report improvements in their:
  • Home's safety
  • Coping Skills
  • Support System
  • Amount of Stress
  • Discipline techniques
  • Anger Management Skills


H.A.N.D.S. Testimonial:

"I feel like H.A.N.D.S. helped me to know my son on a whole new level. I feel like I have a much better understanding of him and that means so much to both of us. Even before he was born H.A.N.D.S. helped me know and love him better. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for everything! - A H.A.N.D.S. Parent

 

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