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Right From the Start

Right From the Start is a statewide program that helps West Virginia mothers and their babies live healthier lives by offering home visitation services with a Designated Care Coordinator (registered nurse or licensed social worker).

Our services are FREE and support mothers, their new babies and their families by helping create a safe, nurturing home. Our Designated Care Coordinators discuss any questions and concerns you may have and help you find the resources you need.

Your DCC will also help you while you're pregnant to get all of the information you need such as: Childbirth and labor, nutrition, body changes during pregnancy, quitting smoking, community support/resources (WIC, DHHR, etc.), arranging transportation to medical appointments, helping find a place to live, and finding baby care items. They also help you learn the skills and resources to keep you and your family safe, healthy and happy, such as: feeding, bathing, changing your baby, putting your baby down for sleep, safety, good nutrition for you/ your baby, where to get immunizations for your baby, and creating a positive and healthy family environment.

To be eligible, you need to: 

•Be pregnant or have a child less than one year old

•Be a resident of West Virginia

•Have a current, active Medicaid Card or medical coverage through the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health

If you're eligible, you can access the program through self referrals or referrals through local resources.