We are passionate about healthy babies and the priceless gift that health bestows on families.
Our work is fruitful – achieving infant health outcomes in underserved populations that far exceed those throughout the rest of the United States.
We have a deep commitment to staff sharing the same culture and languages as the families we work with. Research findings suggest that this cultural competency and the strong relationships formed between our home visitors and clients contribute significantly to the positive birth outcomes MOMS Orange County achieves.
According to the joint study by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Program in Nursing Science and MOMS Orange County, not only do women in MOMS home visitation program have better birth outcomes than the county averages, but the number of prenatal home visits significantly impact birth weight, gestational age at birth, and the probability of newborn admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Each MOMS Orange County prenatal visit equals:
Throughout the first year of life, babies are screened for normal growth and development, and parents are equipped with playful activities to engage in with their babies to stimulate early brain development and motor skills.
Research proves that personalized support and in-home observations leads to positive, lasting results. This very real human connection is the backbone of the success of the MOMS Orange County model:
A Healthier Orange County
Every dollar invested in MOMS Orange County programs saves the community at least $3.33 – but that’s just the beginning.
The MOMS Orange County model has a positive effect on overall economic health, generating millions in local, state and national savings thanks to lower preterm (or premature) births.
According to the most recent UCI and MOMS Orange County study, reduced pre-term births translate to:
A Model for Improving Birth Outcomes
The latest evaluation of MOMS Orange County Home Visitation program, in partnership with University of California, Irvine Program in Nursing Science, demonstrates MOMS prenatal home visits significantly reduce preterm labor and low birth-weight infants in Orange County’s at-risk women.
Babies born to low-income and medically underserved women have a higher risk of poor birth outcomes, both short and longer term. The programs provided by MOMS Orange County greatly reduce, or can eliminate, the associated costs and consequences of these birth outcomes.
Programs like MOMS Orange County may reduce adverse birth outcomes for families living in disadvantaged communities.
Breadth of health education topics covered during prenatal home visits may be one of the mechanisms explaining why home visits are associated with improved birth outcomes.
The MOMS home visitation model may be an exemplar for an improved national system with a new focus on patient-centered teamwork, disease prevention, and cost reduction highlighted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
–A Community-Based Home Visitation Program’s Impact on Birth Outcomes, 2015
Community Research Award for Outstanding Community
Partnership to MOMS Orange County and the
UCI Program in Nursing Science, from ICTS
Poverty and lack of health insurance are just some of the factors that lead to premature birth, low birth weight, conditions such as gestational diabetes, maternal depression and inadequate infant bonding. Not surprisingly, these kinds of short-term consequences can often lead to a high number of longer-term issues, from delayed cognitive development and poor grades in school to gang affiliation, teen pregnancy, unemployment and a continued cycle of poverty.
These ramifications go far beyond the obvious health and family impacts – there are significant societal and financial costs to the community at large as well.