Support for Parenting and Pregnant Families in Hampton Roads

What is Home Visitation and why is it important?

All families, especially during challenging times, need emotional and social support, as well as advice on how to navigate parenthood. To support families through these challenges, over a dozen Hampton Roads organizations have invested in voluntary maternal and early childhood home visiting.

 

These programs are a lifeline for many children and families—especially during crisis—because they connect them to skilled professionals such as nurses, doulas, social workers, and mental health specialists. Home visitors develop trusting relationships with their clients, providing education and support services, including referrals to mental health services and nutrition assistance, before birth and throughout children’s earliest years.

 

Studies show that birth parents enrolled in home visiting programs have improved prenatal health and reduced rates of maternal depression. Home visiting participation is also linked to higher rates of employment, greater participation in education and job trainings, higher monthly incomes, and reductions in the use of welfare and cash assistance programs.

 

HOME VISITING AGENCIES IN HAMPTON ROADS

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Baby Care Chesapeake

Area Served: Chesapeake

Kellie Smith: kellie.smith@vdh.virginia.gov 

757-382-8645

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 2

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton

 

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Baby Care Norfolk

Area Served: Norfolk

Noni Welch: noni.welch@vdh.virginia.gov

757-355-5641

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 2

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton

 

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Baby Care Virginia Beach

Area Served: Virginia Beach

Brandi Mezzapeso:

brandi.mezzapeso@vdh.virginia.gov

office: 757-518-2620 or cell: 757-518-2755

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 2

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton

  

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The Children's Center

(Infant Toddler Connection/ Early Head Start)

Areas Served: Franklin, IOW, South Hampton Co, Suffolk

Tracy Savage: vsavage@childrenscenterva.com

Office: (757) 809-5557 ext.2205

Population Served: Pregnant moms/infants and toddler-  must meet annual federal poverty guidelines, receive TANF or SSI, or have a foster child

Primary Services: Parent Educaton, Identify special needs and services

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CHIP of SHR (Children's Health Investment Program)

Areas Served: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach,

Franklin, Isle of Wight, portions of Sussex, Surrey and Southampton counties

Wendy Simon: office- 757-543-9100

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 7

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton, Bilingual

 

EVMS (Loving Steps/Healthy Start)

EVMS (Loving Steps/Healthy Start)

Areas served: Norfolk, Portsmouth

Cherell Rivers: riverscl@evms.edu

Ages Served: First trimester to 18 months

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton

Fleet and Family Support Center

Fleet and Family Support Center

(Military Personnel Only)

Areas Served: Norfolk

Rosa Blackwood: rosa.blackwood@navy.mil

office: 757-445-1089

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 4

Primary Services: Parent Educaton

 

 

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Healthy Families - The Up Center

Areas Served: Norfolk, Portsmouth

Leslie Meekins:  leslie.meekins@theupcenter.org

office 757-397-2121 ext 6

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 4

Primary Services: Parent Educaton

 

Healthy Families - Virginia Beach

Healthy Families - Virginia Beach

Areas Served: Virginia Beach

Amanda Caton: Amanda.caton@vdh.virginia.gov

office 757-518-2620

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 5

Primary Services: Parent Educaton, Bilingual

 

Navy Marine Corp Relief Society - Visiting Nurse Program

NMCRS – NAVY MARINE CORP RELIEF SOCIETY- VISITING NURSE PROGRAM

Areas Served: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach

Sandra Thompson (N, VB, H) Molly Curtis (P, C, S)

office: 757-322-1171

Ages Served: Parents and newborns

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN), Parent Educaton

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership

Areas Served: Franklin, IOW, Southhampton Co, Suffolk

Meredith Taylor: 

meredith.taylor@vdh.virginia.gov

office 757-514-473 cell 757-632-8661

Ages Served: Mothers pregnant with first child (must be 28 weeks pregnant or less)

Primary Services: Nursing Care (RN)

 Classes at Sentara Obici Hospital

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Parents As Teachers (PAT) - The Up Center

Areas Served: Norfolk, Portsmouth

Rosalind Hopkins: rosalind.hopkins@theupcenter.org

office 757-397-2121 - ext 3

Ages Served: Prenatal to age 5

Primary Services: Doula Support, Parent Educaton, Perinatal Mental Health Specialists 

 

 

Urban Baby Beginnings

Urban Baby Beginnings

Areas Served: Chesapeake, IOW, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach

Stephanie Spencer: SSpencer@urbanbabybeginnings.org

office 833-782-2229

Ages Served: Early pregnancy up to 24 months

Primary Services: Doula Support, Care (RN), Parent Educaton, Perinatal Mental Health Specialists, Bilingual

 

INFANT & TODDLER CONNECTION OF VIRGINIA serves children with developmental delays or medical diagnoses that may lead to delays. To refer, call 1-800-234-1448.