Published on May 23, 2017
Each year, more than three million babies are born in the United States, and more than 60,000 of those babies call Louisiana home. While pregnancy can be an exciting time, it can also bring financial, personal and family concerns. Luckily, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans’ caring and knowledgeable ACCESS Pregnancy Services staff is here to help.
ACCESS provides free, confidential pregnancy testing, ultrasound and case management services for women, couples and families welcoming new life. Pregnancy education is also available on topics including nutrition, parenting, childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care. Professional counseling and other services are available by referral.
For those who might have questions and concerns, but are not yet ready to make a face-to-face appointment, telephone services are also available. Our trained client advocates will listen to clients’ concerns and help find answers.
ACCESS also has a mobile unit, which makes stops Tuesdays through Thursdays in various locations in the Greater New Orleans Area and St. Tammany Parish. All ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Centers, including the mobile unit, are certified Medicaid Enrollment Centers. Staff are available on-site to help clients prepare and submit Medicaid applications online, ensuring speedy processing.
The support and care clients receive from ACCESS Pregnancy Services doesn’t end with the birth of their child. With the average child using 2,500 diapers before their first birthday, it’s no wonder one in three families struggle to afford diapers. The ACCESS Diaper Bank offers a monthly supply of diapers and wipes to help families defray the cost of raising their new baby. The Diaper Bank distributes an average of 9,000 diapers each month.