This section refers to resources and services to support the student during and throughout their pregnancy.  The organizations listed in this section provide support – education, health services, social services resources, etc. – throughout pregnancy.


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Adolescent Healthy Futures ♦ Centering Pregnancy at Meharry Medical CollegeCommunity Food Advocates ♦ Healthy Beginnings ♦ Hope Clinic for Women ♦ HUGS ProgramKidCentral TN ♦ Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker - Vanderbilt University ♦ MPHD - Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program ♦ Music City Birthing Project ♦ Neighborhood Health Prenatal Care ♦ Nurses For Newborns ♦ Sexual Assault Center ♦ Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program ♦ University of Tennessee Extension


Healthy Beginnings

Contact:               Annette Nabaa, Program Director

                              (615) 880-2159

Location:              1015 E Trinity Lane

                              Nashville, TN 37216

Description:       The Healthy Beginnings Program conducts home visitation services for first-time mothers of any age (prenatal or postpartum) and their babies to provide supportive services to new moms which includes: Education on parenting skills, baby's growth & development, child safety, promotion of regular medical care, and disease prevention. Also, resources, referrals, and other information and assistance are provided as needed to help lessen the burden of new parenthood.

Hours:                  Monday-Friday from 8 to 4:30p.m.

Cost:                    Services are provided free to the clients.

Eligibility:            Residency in Davidson County

Sexual Assault Center

Contact:                  Rachel Freeman

                                (615) 259-9055 ext. 338

                                Sharon Travis, Education Manager

                                (615) 259-9055 ext. 333

                                Intake Specialist

                                (615) 259-9055 ext. 335

                                Crisis Support Line


Description:       The Sexual Assault Center provides individual and group counseling for victims and survivors of sexual assault. To start the healing process, please call our Intake Specialist. In addition, a 24-Hour Crisis Line is available for immediate assistance.

Location:             101 French Landing Drive

                              Nashville, TN 37228

Hours:                   SAC's hours of operation are 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Fridays. However, therapy appointments are often scheduled before or after typical business hours to best meet the needs of our clients. SAC also has a 24-hour crisis line that is available to anyone in Middle TN in need of assistance after hours.

Cost:                      SAC accepts most insurance plans and offers a sliding fee payment scale according to income. Grant funding is available for specific qualifying cases. We will not turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay.

Adolescent Healthy Futures Program

Contact:              Jalyssa Lopez, MSPH

                            (615) 340-0536

Description:       The Family Youth and Infant Division provide staff support and consultation to this program. This program is working to reduce teen pregnancy through a large variety of community awareness and educational programs targeting high risk teens.

Centering Pregnancy® at Meharry Medical College

Contact:               (615) 321-2962

Description:       (1) CenteringPregnancy® -- Pregnant moms will be in a group with other moms whose due dates are close to theirs. In each session, they will have private time with their healthcare provider and some refreshments. Then they will meet as a group to discuss questions, concerns and solutions. They will have the opportunity to create their reproductive life plan.

                            (2) A certified nurse midwife will lead parenting classes about a variety of topics including infant care, breastfeeding, infant/child CPR, safety issues, child nutrition, and growth and development.

                            (3) Parenting women can receive a gift bag – compliments of Mother to Mother, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing TN families in need with essential equipment, clothing and products for their infants and young children.

Location:             Meharry Medical College

                             1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.

                             Nashville, TN 37208

                             (Inside the Meharry Clinic – Center for Women's Healthcare, 4th floor, Suite 400)

Hours:                  8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. (Last appointment @3:30p.m.)

Cost:                    Call to discuss.

Eligibility:             Pregnant women.

Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee

Contact:              (615) 313-9989                       

Description:       Nurses for Newborns (NFNF) is a registered nurse home visiting program for pregnant teens, women, infants and children. Our Teen Program serves young women up to age 18 both prenatally and after delivery. Our "Bridge to the Future" program focuses on medically fragile babies, most of whom started life in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The "Safe Beginnings" program assists mothers who are medically or mentally challenged. Services include maternal and infant health assessments and on-going education concerning pregnancy, postpartum care, newborn care, breastfeeding, safety issues, growth and development and family wellness. Our nurses assist clients with finding available resources. Client referral forms should be faxed to our office at (615) 313-9979.

Cost:                   NFNF is a free service to the client.

HUGS Program (Metro Public Health Department)

Contact:               Jennifer Weatherly 

                              (615) 862-7942

Description:         HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully) is a home visiting case management program for pregnant teens, women, infants and children up through age 5 years. Services are offered by registered nurses and program specialists. Services include on-going education concerning pregnancy, postpartum care, family planning, newborn care, breastfeeding, safety issues, and family wellness. Case managers also educate and assist clients with obtaining available resources and make appropriate referrals to help the client build self-reliance skills.

Cost:                     HUGS is a free service to the client.

Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program (STEPP)

Contact:               Sarah Kelsy

                              Bethany Fjeldheim

                              (615) 873-0414

Description:       Shade Tree is a teaching clinic held once a month.  At clinic, pregnant women are seen by medical students and nursing students as well as an attending MD or midwife. We do not provide ultrasounds at our clinic, but we will refer patients to get one if indicated. There is no charge for the appointment.  After the appointment we help people apply for insurance, and then we refer patients on to the West End Women's Center or 100 Oaks for the remainder of their prenatal care.

Location:             Shade Tree Clinic

       1223 Dickerson Pike
       Nashville, TN 37207 

Hours:                 Tuesdays from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., Saturdays from 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. 

Cost:                    Free.

Eligibility:             None. All are welcome – we do not collect payments and do not ask for social security numbers.

Community Food Advocates

Contact:               Attn: SNAP Outreach Coordinator

                              855-277-0964 or (615) 385-2286

                              Fax: (615) 730-7225, Attn: SNAP Outreach Coordinator

Description:       We work to ensure that low-income families and individuals across Middle Tennessee have access to information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. We assist with applications, benefits screenings, as well as advocate on behalf of clients who have been incorrectly denied benefits.

Location:             604 Gallatin Avenue #211

                             Nashville, TN 37206


                             PO Box 60611

                             Nashville, TN 37206

Hours:                  8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Cost:                    No cost.

Eligibility:             We serve Middle Tennessee residents who have low household incomes. – A One-Stop Shop for Parenting Information and a Directory of State Services for Children and Families


Description: is a one-stop shop for information about children's health, education, development, and support.  The website pulls content from across state departments, making it easier for families to find what they need.  The website includes early childhood articles about Car Seat Requirements, Safe Sleep, and the Importance of Reading.  The website includes a services directory with programs like WIC, TennCare, CoverKids, Childcare Certificates, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, Imagination Library, Early Childhood Intervention Services, Student Assistance, and Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs.  In the My Profile section, families can create their own online resource book and see unique developmental milestones based on their child's age. also has Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage users through social media channels.

Hours:                  N/A

Cost:                    Services are provided free to the clients.

Eligibility:             For families and professionals who work with families.  The website is available to anyone.

Neighborhood Health Prenatal Care

Contact:               Pam Brillhart, MSW, Chief Operating Officer


Description:       Neighborhood Health helps women of all ages stay healthy and provides a full range of women's healthcare including Family Planning, Screening for breast and cervical cancer and Prenatal Care. We also provide care for you and your infant after delivery.


Neighborhood Health at Casa

2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211


Neighborhood Health at Cayce Place

617 South 8th Street, Nashville, TN 37206


Neighborhood Health at East Side

905 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37207


Neighborhood Health at Madison

601 W. Due West Avenue, Madison, TN 37115


Neighborhood Health at Napier Place

107 Charles E. Davis Blvd., Nashville, Tn 37210                                

Hope Clinic for Women

Contact:               Renee Rizzo

                              (615) 321-4428 

Description:       Unplanned Pregnancy Options Counseling for young women, male partner and parents of both.

~ Pregnancy tests

~ Limited OB ultrasound- $40 fee

~ Bridge Program- a program to educate and equip clients with life skills including but not limited to: financial, conflict resolution, prenatal care and parenting skills. Participants earn points to gain material assistance (maternity clothing, baby items including diapers, wipes, food, clothing and furniture) while gaining education and receiving ongoing counseling and/or mentoring support.


Post Partum Depression

Counseling - Though 80% of new moms develop "Baby Blues", 10-20% experience symptoms of depression that require treatment. It is a more serious and major form of depression that usually occurs within a few months of delivery and can last up to a year.

Our counseling is the first step to relief. Provided on a sliding scale basis.


Pregnancy Loss Counseling for post abortion, miscarriage, still birth, and infant death. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 33% of the 6 million pregnancies each year end in pregnancy loss including miscarriage.

We are safe and confidential place to receive counseling in a nonjudgmental and loving environment. Provided on a sliding scale basis.


Prevention Medical Visit for Young Women ages 13-18

We discuss:

·         Nutrition and physical activity

·         Sexual practices and safety, and do STD testing and examinations when appropriate (for high risk sexual behaviors we discuss preventing unintended pregnancy and STD's)

·         Driving safety, internet safety, skin care, hygiene

·         Personal goal development, peer relationships, bullying, and the school experience

·         Alcohol, tobacco and drug use

This visit is intended more for relationship building as a safe place for the teen females to be open and ask questions. It is geared toward education and prevention. A guardian does not have to be notified or present.

Location:             1810 Hayes St, Nashville, TN             

Cost:                     All services are free unless otherwise noted ($40 fee for limited OB ultrasound).

Eligibility:             We provide services regardless of age, race, religion, or ability to pay.

University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service               

Contact:               Sandra Bush or Jackie King


Description:       The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides hands-on nutrition education through a series of meetings to low-income families.  EFNEP promotes healthy eating practices through wise use of resources. EFNEP is a free program for parents who are looking for fun ways to feed their families nutritiously without spending a lot of money.  At EFNEP meetings you will receive nutrition information, recipes, measuring tools, food thermometers, a stretch band, grocery shopping list, and a graduation certificate from the University of TN.  Meetings are usually in groups near where you live, or you can participate as an individual.  A Community Nutrition Educator will teach you how to cook healthy foods that taste good, plan meals and snacks, save money on food, keep food safe and be physically active.  New foods can be prepared and you will taste new recipes at each meeting.  EFNEP can also offer you information on healthy eating during pregnancy, feeding your new baby, feeding your baby solid foods, and feeding young children.

Location:             1417 Murfreesboro Pike 

                             Nashville, TN 37219                 

Eligibility:           Parents with young children, pregnant women. If you are eligible for any assistance program such as WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), or Head Start, then you are eligible for EFNEP.   We look forward to you contacting a Community Nutrition Educator so you can participate in our classes.

Metro Public Health Department

Contact:               Sanjana Stamm, Director of Clinical Services       


Description:         If you are pregnant, you may be eligible to get temporary TennCare right now. This is called “presumptive eligibility.” This will cover your visits to the doctor and other medical services while you are pregnant. Even if you get temporary TennCare, you will need to fill out the full application. The health department does not provide prenatal care only presumptive enrollment into TennCare.


Lentz Public Health Center

2500 Charlotte Avenue

(615) 340-5607


East Nashville Public Health Center

1015 East Trinity Lane

(615) 862-7916


Woodbine Public Health Center

224 Oriel Street

(615) 862-7940


Hours:                 Lentz Public Health Center, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

                            East Nashville Public Health Center, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

                           Woodbine Public Health Center, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday              

Eligibility:           You can enroll if you meet income requirement.   You must live in Tennessee – and you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant.

Music City Birthing Project

Contact:               Deyonna N'biyah Fairbanks Waters, CLE               


Description:       MCBP is a community based support program focused on pregnant adolescents 14-24 years of age. Participants are matched with women in the community who offer support, help with healthy decision making, and navigating the health care system.           

Eligibility:           Pregnant adolescents 14-24 who live in Davidson County, and are willing participants.

MIHOW – Vanderbilt University

Contact:             Tonya Elkins, MIHOW Director


Description:       The MIHOW program improves health among families by providing education, emotional support, and links to medical and social services. MIHOW is part of Vanderbilt School of Nursing. MIHOW provides free pregnancy groups (six sessions) to expectant parents to help them prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, promote breastfeeding and safe sleep, and learn some successful parenting strategies. All participants who complete data requirements will receive an incentive, including diapers and other baby items. Outcomes for the program include increased knowledge regarding healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding. Participants also receive a phone call after the baby is born to ask about breastfeeding. 

Location:           1400 18th Ave. South

                 Nashville, TN 37212

Eligibility:           Only eligibility criteria are that the person is an expecting mother or father or is a friend/family member of someone expecting and wants to learn more. However, the MIHOW Program targets economically disadvantaged pregnant women and families.

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