POC Resources for Prospective and Expectant Mothers & Fathers
in the Greater Sacramento Area
Please note: this list is not exhaustive and in no way implies an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by MotherWit Magazine and/or its staff, nor is there any implicit or explicit guarantee of the quality or availability of the services described. MotherWit is not responsible for the content of external resources. Information was current at the time of publication.
Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 500-4931
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They can refer you to more than 1,600 community services in the Sacramento area.
Black Infant Health (BIH) Program
Black Infant Health (BIH) aims to help African-American women who are 18 years or older and up to 30 weeks pregnant at the time of enrollment have healthy babies. Participants learn proven strategies to reduce stress and develop life skills. This is accomplished through a group-based approach with complementary case management. The group experience builds social support, which helps buffer the negative effects of stress and empowers participants to make positive choices in their life. Weekly group sessions help women access their own strengths and set health-promoting goals for themselves and their babies. Ultimately, this approach will impact not only themselves, but future generations of African-American women, infants and families.
The Birthing Project
1900 T Street, Sacramento
A community organization dedicated to actively increasing the number of healthy births among members of disenfranchised members of our community. Started in Sacramento in 1988 and now boasts 70 replicated models in in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Honduras.
Some of what they do:
Pair expectant mothers with a SisterFriend who will mentor and help her throughout her pregnancy, delivery and the child’s first year of life.
Provide expectant mothers with safe birth kits
Her Health First
4625 44th Street, Room 13, Sacramento
Her Health First’s mission is to improve health equity by providing support to women in Sacramento County. We envision a community in which all women have full and equal access to opportunities leading to the highest level of health possible.
Some of what they do:
Black Mothers United is a program that provides education, resources, and support to expectant African American women living in Sacramento County.
Transportation is provided to those who need it for medical and pregnancy-related appointments
Pregnancy coaches who develop an individualized care plan that addresses each client’s unique needs.
Mommy Mingles offer monthly opportunities to partnership with other mothers, and are open to all participants in the program.
Safe Sleep Baby provides education to parents, families and caregivers on how to safely sleep their baby.
Health care access for prenatal and primary care, and referrals to Health Insurance enrollment
Stress Management and Relief
Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC)
WIC helps families get healthy food and a lot more.
WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, vouchers for healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services.
WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!
Log onto their website to locate a WIC office near you.
Birth & Beyond Family Resource Centers
La Familia Counseling Center
5523 - 34th St., Sacramento
River Oak Family Resource Center
4625 44th St., Sacramento
Folsom Cordova Community Partnership
10665 Coloma Rd., Suite 200, Rancho Cordova
WellSpace Health’s North Highlands Community Health Center
6015 Watt Ave., Suite 2, North Highlands
Meadowview Family Resource Center
2251 Florin Rd., Suite 158, Sacramento
North Sacramento Family Resource Center
1217 Del Paso Blvd., Suite B, Sacramento
Valley Hi Family Resource Center
7000 Franklin Blvd., Suite 820, Sacramento
Arcade Community Center
2427 Marconi Ave., Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95821
Firehouse Community Center
810 Grand Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95838
The Birth & Beyond Collaborative consists of Family Resource Centers located in nine neighborhoods across Sacramento County. Family Resource Centers are welcoming places offering a range of services, activities, and opportunities that respond comprehensively to the needs and hopes of local residents and families.
The Family Resource Centers are operated by six nonprofit partner organizations: Folsom Cordova Community Partnership; La Familia Counseling Center; Mutual Assistance Network; River Oak Center for Children; Sacramento Children’s Home; and WellSpace Health. They work closely together to align and integrate their efforts to ensure that families are able to get what they need to achieve their goals.
Home Visitation - Home Visitation uses professionals who provide weekly case management as well as parenting lessons to clients in the privacy of their home. The evidence-based curriculum, the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP), is focused on developing an empathetic parent-child relationship and introducing families to positive parenting approaches. Home visitation also connects families with community resources, health education, and information.
Nurturing Parenting Program - Parents learn about child development, empathy, discipline, and empowerment. Classes are available to expectant families; parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and fathers.
Crisis Intervention - Each Family Resource Center site has an Intervention Specialist responsible for addressing the urgent needs of families that can spiral into a family crisis
Chicks in Crisis
9455 E. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove
Chicks in Crisis is a non-profit organization based in Elk Grove, California offering pregnancy, parenting and adoption services.
Supports more than 400 families every month and offers mothers and fathers with prenatal care, life skills training, parenting assistance, clothing, baby supplies, essential items, emergency food and legal guidance.
Facilitates open adoption placements into loving homes across California and the United States
Offers educational parenting classes on valuable life skills, such as safe infant sleeping classes, car seat safety classes, cooking classes, nutrition and a variety of other topics.
Directly reduces the number of infants facing abandonment, foster care, abuse, or even death
Assists with court-ordered supervised visits at our beautiful Ranch or other agreed upon off-site location
Four Sacramento-area locations
Alhambra Community Health Center + Immediate Care
2425 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA
Arden-Arcade Community Health Center + Immediate Care
2433 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA
Norwood Community Health Center
3946 Norwood Ave, Sacramento, CA
Women’s Health Center
7601 Hospital Drive Suite 220, Sacramento, CA
WellSpace Health offers high-quality, comprehensive medical care for individuals who are not insured.
The women’s health services they provide include:
Routine gynecological examinations, contraception services; basic infertility evaluation and treatments
Gynecological surgery, menopausal and post-menopausal care
Comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care throughout your pregnancy and delivery
Routine prenatal office visits with one of our physicians or nurse practitioners
Delivery with one of our physicians at Sutter or Mercy
Personalized labor and childbirth management
Breast and cervical cancer screening
Sierra Pregnancy + Health (SPH)
1212 Coloma Way, Suite A, Roseville
SPH is a medical clinic dedicated to providing life-affirming care, practical help and resources.
Sierra Pregnancy + Health provides patient-first health care and advocacy. Pregnancy test appointments can be walk-in or scheduled for same day/next day
on-going pregnancy and parenting support, classes and resources that will help keep you healthy and help you meet your goals for yourself and for your baby
aid for men and women having trouble due to reproductive grief and loss after miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility or abortion
SETA Head Start
925 Del Paso Blvd, Suite 100, Sacramento
The foundations of school readiness begin in pregnancy and continue through the first three years. For infants and toddlers, this is built around opportunities to explore and have experiences that are supported by nurturing relationships. SETA provides services for pregnant women that can help children get the right start when they are born.
Early, continuous supports and services provide the best opportunity for:
healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes;
supportive postpartum care for the parents and child;
fully involving fathers in the lives of their very young children; and
nurturing and responsive care during infancy.
The SETA Early Head Start programs provide prenatal information through classes, support groups, and home visits on the following subjects:
fetal development, including the risks from smoking and alcohol;
labor and delivery;
postpartum recovery, including information on maternal depression;
the benefits of breastfeeding
Youth Wellness & Family Education Center
1104 Corporate Way, Sacramento
Provides life skills training to support successful family management and healthy lifestyles in multi-cultural underserved communities.
They offer the following programs:
Mentoring and Coaching program
Progressive father’s network Program
Career Exploration Program
Family Conflict Management Program
Performing Arts Program
Teen Parenting Program
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Violence Prevention Programs (Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Bullying)
Life Skills Programs
Smoke Cessation (Help to quit)
Supervised visitation Program
Supervised Exchange Program
Stress Management Program
Step Family Success Strategies
Support Groups (formed based on client needs)
MCAP provides pregnant women with comprehensive coverage for a low cost with no copayments or deductibles for its covered services. Their newborns may be covered by the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program. MCAP is for middle-income families who do not have health insurance and whose income is too high for no-cost Medi-Cal. MCAP is also available to women who have other health insurance plans that doesn't cover maternity services or with a maternity-only deductible or copayment greater than $500.
The Effort Oak Park Clinic
3415 M L King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento
The Effort re-opened a closed county clinic in July 2009, and is now operating a full scope Primary Care Clinic in the Oak Park Multiservice Center. Services in this women and children’s clinic include primary care, birth and family health, prenatal/perinatal services, pediatrics, and pediatric dental services.
Child Action, Inc.
9800 Old Winery Place, Suite A, Sacramento
Child Action, Inc. (CAI) is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1976 to promote the education and social welfare of children and families and to advocate on their behalf. Our programs include resource and referral services for families seeking child care, child care subsidies for qualifying families, recruitment and professional development of the child care workforce, and family education and support.
Our goal is to partner with families and assist them in the care and education of their children and to advocate beside them in support of their concerns.
719 - 56th Street, Sacramento
A body-positive fitness studio in east Sacramento. Contact Cherina Shaw regarding private individual yoga classes for expectant mothers.
Queen's Studio 5 Project
1621 Fulton Ave, Suite 23, Sacramento
Queen's Studio 5 Project, is an Intimate Fitness Training Studio that provides intimate private training services to individuals that seek privacy for the accomplishing of their health and fitness goals. Services are not limited to sessions located at the studio, mobile personal training is also offered for the convenience of success, including, but not limited to the surrounding cities in Sacramento, California.
The Studio was established in April of 2017 as a result for the needs of the greater community for both men and mainly women. Visit the studio, take a class, enjoy a meal plan.
RAW Yoga Center
1899 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 120, Sacramento
3226 Broadway, Suite A, Sacramento
RAW stands for Real, Authentic, Wild, and represents our philosophy, our teaching, and the way we see ourselves showing up in the world, on our mat, and for our students.
8841 Williamson Drive, Suite 20, Elk Grove
Breathing Space is a wellness collaborative offering innovative services to inspire our community to live healthy, empowered and vibrant lives. Clients are provided affordable practices and space to peel off layers of stress, pain, fear, doubt so they can step into their best lives.
Healing Grace Studios
9108 Laguna Main St, Suite #5, Elk Grove
Healing Grace Studios offers a variety of healing traditions from around the world, with a focus on Ancient Kemetic Practices. A range of natural holistic modalities are unified to hold space for the healing journey to begin. Let us help you facilitate the beautiful process towards optimal well-being, and restoring mind, body and spirit.
Personalized nutrition services for expectant mothers.
4009 Bridge Street, Suite B, Fair Oaks
Ms. Marquita Tomasek
Licensed clinical massage therapist and health educator. Experienced in prenatal massage.
The Hope Foundation
Ms. Dominique Poydras
Their goal is to bridge the gap between mental health professionals and the community and to provide hope along with the life-skills needed for women and youth to achieve their potential. They envision a society that is not afflicted by mental health barriers and to instill hope, confidence, success, and leadership into the mindsets of the people.
Bundle is the Hope Foundation’s children’s clothing program that provides clothing packages to low-income mothers.
Life Practice Counseling Group
3650 Auburn Blvd, Bldg. C Suite 208, Sacramento
9719 Lincoln Village, Suite 502, Sacramento
Mrs. Carisa Sherwood
A non-profit counseling agency that offers our fees on a sliding scale ranging from $25 - $80 based on monthly income or your ability to pay. They are open days, evenings, and weekends 7 days a week.
Living In Alignment
455 University Ave, Suite 230, Sacramento
Mr. Darcy Clarke
A holistic practice whose goal is to assist you to transform your past, identify and deal effectively with stressors, move out of victim consciousness, develop healthy self-esteem, manifest nurturing and satisfying relationships, find meaning and purpose in your life, become self-empowered, and to live up to your full potential.
2230 Loma Vista Drive, Sacramento
Ms. Nailah Kokayi
If you have a change you need help and encouragement to make, Innate Guidance can help. Licensed clinical therapist who enjoys helping clients comprehend what is going on within themselves and what steps to take to make change.
Spark Center for Self-Development
1412 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento
Ms. La Tanya Takla
A collaborative, interactive, solution-focused therapist who will provide structured, compassionate support and practical feedback to help you effectively address life challenges.
Debrah Dean’s Therapy Services
1023 H Street, Suite B4, Sacramento
A therapist who works with individuals, couples and families from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, complex trauma resulting from childhood abuse, substance abuse, poor self-esteem, people pleasing, career/life transitions, grief, poor communication, blended family issues, co-parenting and more.
MHJ THERAPY & ASSOCIATES
2616 J Street, Sacramento
Ms. Inertia Q. DeWitt
A Somatic Psychotherapist who works with clients (individuals, couples, youth, or families) with the consideration of how the stress they’re experiencing is showing up in their bodies and between them and their loved ones. The aim is to provide healing experiences that are fully embodied and lasting.
Treatment & Training Consultants
3065 Freeport Blvd, Suite #3, Sacramento
Dr. Michael Houston
A clinical therapist who motivates and supports his clients to make choices that improve their lives, relationships, and overall well-being.
Midtown Healing Arts Collective
2023 N Street, Suite 100, Sacramento
Ms. Michelle Thomas
Are you questioning your decisions? Do you never feel good enough? You work hard on relationships, career and parenting but you don't feel like you get it right. They can help you so your anxiety goes down, sleep gets better, and you wake up daily with a strong sense of who you are.
Community Counseling Center of Elk Grove
8939 East Stockton Boulevard, Suite 206,
Call Intake Coordinator Free Phone Consultation
Community Counseling Center of Elk Grove has been located at Creekside Christian Church in the heart of Elk Grove for over 27 years. They offer professional Christian counseling services for Sacramento, Lodi, Galt, Elk Grove and the surrounding community. Their mission has always been to provide struggling individuals, couples and families access to effective professional, affordable and discrete therapy services in the warm, friendly and safe environment of Creekside Christian Church of Elk Grove.
Greenhouse Therapy Group Inc.
3550 Watt Ave, Suite 140, Sacramento
Mr. Joshua Glass
1002 River Rock Dr., Suite 230, Folsom
Greenhouse Therapy is a low-cost, sliding scale therapy group that is often able to provide therapy services in the home and community setting. They view therapy as a shared endeavor with the child, family, couple or individual, firmly in the role of the expert. They have experience with individuals, couples, groups, teenagers and children with a wide array of challenges and an even wider and more powerful array of strengths. Their therapists have backgrounds in applied behavior analysis, play therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy paired with a deep respect for the human experience.