Healthy Parents & Babies

Strategies Developed to Best Care for Pregnant People & New Families and to Promote a Strong Continuum of Support

Research shows that how people are treated during childbirth can affect the health and well-being of both parents and children. Limitations in the current constellation of services and supports available for pregnant people and families with infants also contribute to poor outcomes, such as maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. 

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The Research is Clear

How we can improve poor outcomes

Data show that maternal mortality risk increases after 42 days postpartum, yet health care coverage and other postpartum support services generally end sooner than that. This reality lessens continuity of care, decreases access to services and increases risk for maternal mortality and morbidity. 

Recommended Strategies

Addressing systemic inequities & structural racism

The recommended strategies below were developed specifically to address structural racism in service systems that care for pregnant people and new families and to ensure prenatal touchpoints to better connect people to more resources that can holistically address the needs of families. 


Strengthened Home Visiting System

Evidence-based home visiting fosters seamless, uninterrupted and equitable access to high-quality early childhood experiences and services from the prenatal-through-early-childhood periods.

Comprehensive Perinatal Supports

Alleviate racial and ethnic disparities in the health and wellbeing outcomes for both infants and their birthing parents by prioritizing crucial perinatal supports. 


News & Resources

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Our Response to Illinois’ FY 2023 Spending Plan

12 April 2022
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Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2023 Spending Plan & What it Means for Infants & Toddlers Raising Illinois applauds the Illinois General Assembly for approving meaningful, new education and care funding and measures in Fiscal Year 2023 for…

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You’re Invited: Introducing Raising Illinois

28 February 2022
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Access the Virtual Event Introducing Raising Illinois: A Collective Effort Driven by Collective Voices Join us virtually on Thursday, March 17 to learn about Raising Illinois and our vision to solve high stake problems facing infants,…

Our FY2023 Budget Proposal Response

16 February 2022
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Our Response to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Proposed Budget Raising Illinois is happy to see investments directed towards Illinois’ expecting families, infants and toddlers in the Governor’s latest budget proposal but more is needed. Earlier this…

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