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Safety Resources

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Smart 911 is a mobile app that allows first responders with information about you and your household in case you are not able to speak or are not aware of your location.   

Chicago Abused Women Coalition is a non-profit organization that provides services that includes shelter, counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy, outreach and nutrition. 

  • Phone Number: 773-489-9087 
  • Crisis Hotline: 773-278-4566 

Family Rescue assists victims of domestic violence and their children escape violence and work towards their full potential. Family Rescue provides a number of services like the Rosenthal Family Lodge, Community Outreach Program, Ridgeland Apartments & Children’s Program. 

  • Spanish-Speaking 
  • Phone Number: 773-375-1918 
  • 24-hour crisis line: 800-360-6619 

Mujeres Latinas En Accion is a Latina-led organization that dedicates their services to community members seeking domestic violence or sexual assault services located in near Pilsen. 

  • Spanish-Speaking 
  • Phone number: 773-890-7676 
  • Crisis Hotline: 312-738-5358 

BASTA! (Enough!) Domestic Violence Program in Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.) offers a wide range of counseling and supportive services that includes safety planning, court and legal advocacy, emergency food and shelter as well as more. 

  • For more information call, 773-252-3100 
  • The program is FREE of cost 

Cardiovascular Resources

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Cardiovascular Program for Women is within UI Health (UIC) and provides cardiac screening, prevention, therapy services and specialized care for pregnant women with heart disease. 

Heart Disease and Pregnancy Program is within Northwestern Medicine, and provides many services for pregnant women with heart disease for a successful outcome for the mother and baby. 

  • Phone number: 312-664-3278 
  • Location: Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 675 N Saint Clair St, Nineteenth Floor, Suit 100, Chicago IL, 60611

Mental Health Resources

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  • Postpartum Support International also provides 
  • Online support groups, Newsletter, Free Phone “Chat with Experts”, Links to multi-language resources
  • The Recovery Village provides a hotline and online resource support for those who need postpartum depression and depression during pregnancy support.

  • Thriving with Baby offers professional and unbiased support to families. They provide therapy services within maternal mental health (postpartum, anxiety, depression, pregnancy loss, abortion issues, abuse/ survivors of abuse, adjusting to change/life transitions and trauma.
  • Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois provides informed support and information to women and families experiencing postpartum mood disorder on treatment options, self-help, and how to choose a mental health provider. 

Healthcare Alternative Systems- H.A.S. Postpartum Depression (PPD) Program is the only community-based PPD treatment program in Chicago. They provide clinical evaluations, individual and family therapy, support groups, psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, health education and case management to women at risk or experiencing postpartum depression. 

  • Service is offered in English and Spanish 
  • Private health insurance and Medicaid accepted 
  • Need to call for information regarding referrals, assessments, and hours of operation 

Locations 

  • 1915-17 W. Roosevelt Road Broadview, IL 60155  
  • 708-498-0200 
  • 5005 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60639 
  • 773-745-7107 
  • 4534 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60609 
  • 773-254-5141 

Chicago Counseling Center Strives to create a safe, comfortable environment in which you can openly and honestly discuss your concerns. Counseling is offered to any age and in different formats (individuals, families, online/telehealth sessions). Services include transition into parenthood and postpartum anxiety and depression. 

  •  An appointment can be made by email, inquiry@chicagocounselingcenter.com, or through phone, 773-932-9597.  
  • Beyond the Baby Blues offers therapeutic support groups for women who are experiencing sadness, anxiety, isolation or having a difficult time adjusting to life with a new baby. 
  • Location: 3009 Central Street Evanston, IL, 60201, United States 
  • Phone: 847-864-7957 
 

Nutrition Resources

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  • MyPlate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides nutritional information for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.  
    • Use the MyPlate Plan for a personalized plan on what to eat, how much to eat and the benefits of a healthy diet during and after pregnancy. Other services offered is the MyPlate Kitchen for a variety nutritional of recipes in English and Spanish. 
  • Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program is a food assistance program improve the health of nutritionally at- risk women, infant and children. WIC provides services that include nutritious foods, nutrition information, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals, and community program information. 
  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart from Iowa State University helps to plan, shop and cook your meals when on a tight budget 
  • LactMed is a drugs and lactation database with information on medicine and how it might affect you or your baby through breast milk. All information and data are derived from scientific literature and peer reviewed.
 

Social Support Resources

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Transitions to Motherhood program at Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital offers classes, events and support groups for new mothers. Services include lactation specialists, information on birth and child safety. 

  • For more information call: 877-926-4664 

Healthy Tomorrows is a support group open to the community that allows breastfeeding moms the opportunity to connect, learn about resources, and share experiences. 

  • Phone number: 773-299-7930 

Baby Bistro Breastfeeding Support Group at UChicago Medicine is a weekly support group that provides expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes for free. A board-certified lactation consultant is available at each meeting. 

  • Wednesdays, 10:30am-12pm 
    • Group meets on the last Saturday of the month, 10:30am-12 pm 
  • March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care provides prenatal healthcare and education to pregnant individuals by fostering health literacy and health equity in pregnant individuals. Supportive Pregnancy Care offers: 
    • Prenatal Health & Health Education 
    • Social Support 
    • Positive experiences for both pregnant people and providers 

Opioid and Substance Misuse Resources

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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a 24/7 and free informational service for individuals and family facing mental and substance abuse disorder, 800-662-HELP (4357)

AddictionResource.net connects individuals to reputable treatment centers across the country that best suit their individual needs as it leads to long-term addiction recovery. 

Esperanza Health Center provides bilingual services in quality primary care, behavioral health and wellness to the community regardless of immigration and insurance status. There are many locations, visit https://www.esperanzachicago.org/locations to find the one nearest you 

  • Phone number to make an appointment: 773-584-6200 

The Women’s Treatment Center offers rehabilitative services, tools and support in a community-based setting for mothers and pregnant women battling addiction.  

  • Location: 140 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607 
  • Phone number: 312-850-0050 

Healthcare Alternative Systems- Women’s Program non-profit organization providing behavioral health services to Chicago. Services are provided in English and Spanish and focus on substance abuse, mental health and other topics. There are many locations, visit https://www.hascares.org/locations/ to find the closest one near you.  

  • SmokeFree.gov offers free texting programs that give encouragement, advice and tips to be smoke free. 
  • SmokeFree Women offers tips, tools and encouragement for pregnant women who want to quit smoking. Services include support groups on Facebook, Smoke free Apps, Personalized Quit Plan, Texting Programs and an Online Live Chat. 

COVID-19 Resources

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March of Dimes My NICU Baby App is up to date with latest COVID-19 information and advice from other mothers on how to keep your baby safe during the pandemic. Use My NICU Baby App to: 

  • Get tips and helpful videos to care for your baby in the NICU and at home 
  • Track breastfeeding sessions and baby’s weight 
  • Track breast pumping 
  • Connect with other families going through similar experiences 
  • Create checklists to prepare to take your baby home 

 

March of Dimes: News Moms Need is a blog to give moms the information they need to have a healthy pregnancy. The blog has up-to-date information about coronavirus.