Expectant and New Parent Services

Kids don’t come with instructions.  Expectant and new parents sometimes feel overwhelmed.  The Hays community has several programs that provide support to new and expectant parents.


Safe Haven: 
Sometimes new parents are overwhelmed with the responsibility of having a baby.  NO ONE
EVER HAS TO ABANDON A NEWBORN.  You have a safe choice.

Food Safety During Pregnancy:  A PDF from K-State Research and Extension

Complicated Grief After Perinatal Loss:  The loss of an infant through stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal
death is recognized as a traumatic life event.

High 5 for Mom and Baby  This program encourages adoption of five evidence based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success.

NOFAS  The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) website where you can find information and resources on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

FAS Community Resource Center  Information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Period of Purple Crying Info  The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. This period of increased crying is often described as colic, but there have been many misunderstandings about what “colic” really is.

Healthy Start
94 Lewis Drive
Contact:  Elaine Rupp, Home Visitor
Program Description:  The Healthy Start program provides education and support to pregnant women and families with a baby (birth through one year). The program is designed to give children a healthy start in life and help you enjoy being a parent.  Home visitors can also provide referrals to other community resources.  Certified Breastfeeding Educator on staff.  Free infant massage instruction for parents.
Cost:  Free
Learn More about Healthy Start:

Connections 0 to 3 (Early Head Start)
305 Main Street
Contact:  Donna Hudson-Hamilton
Program Description:  Early Head Start is a child development program for pregnant women and families who have a child between the ages of birth and age three.  Program participants receive weekly home visits which focus on child development and parenting, routine developmental screenings and medical assessments.  In addition, assistance may be available to help pay for quality child care.
Cost:  Free to those who qualify based on income eligibility

Hays Medical Center
2220 Canterbury
Contact:  Any Woman-Infant Care Center Staff Member
Program Description:
Childbirth Education Class:  Four week class designed for expectant Moms and coaches to learn more about the birth process.  Offered every month on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Call 623-5200 to enroll.
Cost:  Free
Sibling Class:  This class offers a fun and interactive way to help prepare children for the birth of a new baby.  Offered every other month on a specified Sunday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  Call 623-5200 to enroll your child.
Learn more about a Sibling Class:

Cost: Free
Basic Breastfeeding Class:  Basic breastfeeding class encouraged for all expectant mothers.  Offered every other month on a specified Monday from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  Call 623-5200 to enroll.
Cost: Free

Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative (PMI): The Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative (PMI) Program is a grant funded program to assist pregnant women in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and birth. PMI is a case management program for any Kansas woman which can assist in meeting health, educational, financial, relationship, housing, and safety goals.  Adoption education can be provided for women interested in exploring those options. We will also assist with community resources and referral.   This is a program that offers clients incentive items at no cost, such as car seats, food, diapers and wipes, pre-natal vitamins, and clothing for mother and baby.  For more information contact Laura at 785-625-2644.
PMI Brochure

Community Childbirth Class:  This class is taught by R.N. Julie Weidenhaft R.N. every other month – usually the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 3:00 pm.  To register, please contact Julie at 623-5806.
Cost:  $35.00

Baby Steps:  NEW Pre & Post Natal Exercise Program
(785) 623-6338(785) 623-6338
Contact:  Amber Cunningham
A supervised exercise program designed to prepare women for the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and post-partum, to develop stamina and strength for labor and delivery and to restore muscle tone after the baby is bone. Baby Steps will teach participants how to exercise safely, alleviate the discomforts that often come with pregnancy, and offer nutrition tips for each trimester.
Pre & Postnatal Total Body Fitness
M/W 12:00-1:00 PM  (Gym)
Baby & Me Stroller Fit
M 7:00-8:00 PM

Hays La Leche League (breastfeeding support):
Contact:  Monique Holmes.
Program Description:  Breastfeeding support (via phone or home visits) as well as breast pump rental (Sandy Aldrich).
Free Weekly Meetings:  Every Monday from 11:00 to Noon at the Center for Health Improvement.  Pregnant mothers are especially encouraged to attend to begin to set up the support system before their babies are born.  Babies and young children are welcome to attend with their mothers.  Contact Monique at 639-5102 for more information on weekly meetings.
Cost:  Free

Infant Massage:
There are several organizations that offer infant massage classes for parents including:  Healthy Start (Ealine Rupp at 625-3257), or Hays Area Children’s Center (Debbie Breeden 625-3257)..  Read more here!


2 Responses to “Expectant and New Parent Services”

  1. Brittany Cisneros Says:

    Hi, I’m interested in the infant massage. If you could please contact me at 785.303.0710. Thanks!

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