Casper organization helps new mothers and babies

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper-Natrona County Health Department maternal health nurses have treated an additional 300 women since July 2018 thanks to its partnership with “Healthy Moms-Healthy Births.”

A banner with the "Health Moms-Healthy Births" logo in Casper, Wyo. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

A Casper nonprofit, “Healthy Moms-Healthy Births” pays for an extra full-time nurse and part-time social worker at the health department according to the organization’s CEO Aimee Jolley.

She said the nurses treat women from pregnancy until the child turns three. They make house calls, provide prenatal care and ensure the child starts off life on the right foot.

“Things that are preventable we should try to stop and so drug and alcohol abuse, smoking abuse, lack of adequate prenatal care, those are all things that obviously can lead to learning disabilities and it seems like an obvious place to start in terms of prevention,” said Kyle Ridgeway, “Healthy Moms-Healthy Births” board president.

The goal is having the maximum impact on both the mother and child’s life.

“We know if we can get moms the support that they need during pregnancy versus after the baby’s born, we can make an even bigger impact on the life of the child and the mom,” Jolley said.

She said it can also help mothers with future pregnancies, as they gain a better understanding of how to take care of themselves and their kids.

Ridgeway’s grandfather, Rod Kinskey, founded the foundation. Ridgeway said Kinskey wanted to intervene after he and his wife, Jeanne, studied where they could do the most good.