Health Access Nurturing Development Services

Pregnancy and becoming a parent for the first time can be overwhelming. With new changes come new worries, questions and stress. H.A.N.D.S. is available to answer questions and provide parents with support in developing a parent-child relationship.

Families receive information and learn about community resources for new parents. Some will receive support through home visitation. H.A.N.D.S. provides home visits to first-time, new and expectant moms and/or dads. Participation in H.A.N.D.S. can begin during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old. This service is voluntary and at no cost to families.

Families who participate in H.A.N.D.S. have fewer premature infants, low birth weight babies (5 lbs, 9 oz.), very low birth weight babies (3 lbs, 5 oz) and developmental delays.

Parents also reported improvements in: home safety, coping skills, support systems, stress levels, discipline techniques and anger management skills.

If you are interested in learning more about this program for first-time and multi-gravida mothers, contact the Graves County Health Department at (270) 247-3553.

View the H.A.N.D.S. Brochure & Mission Statement! Learn More about the Kentucky H.A.N.D.S. Program or view the 2014 H.A.N.D.S. Handout!

Links of Interest:
Kentucky H.A.N.D.S. Handout
Kentucky H.A.N.D.S. Website
Kentucky H.A.N.D.S. Facebook
Kentucky H.A.N.D.S. Twitter
Cribs for Kids
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
H.A.N.D.S. Brag Book