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MOMS Program

Whether you’re pregnant for the first time or are expecting your second or third child, it’s important that you feel supported during the process. Support during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period is crucial to not just your physical and mental health, but also to the health of your baby. This support can come from a variety of people, including your spouse or partner, friends and extended family.

UK HealthCare offers an extra layer of support through the Medical Students Offer Maternal Support (MOMS) Program, a free service of the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As part of the program, you’ll be paired from pregnancy to the postpartum period with a trained medical student. He or she will work with you every step of the way, offering emotional support, coaching you during labor, answering questions and ensuring you have access to the resources you need.  

  • Our Services

    Medical student participants in the MOMS Program are trained in comfort measures, breathing exercises, labor positions and natural, nonpharmacologic pain-relief techniques. They also serve as reliable sources of evidence-based information about pregnancy and medical care. Our students can:

    • Accompany you to medical appointments
    • Aid you during emergencies
    • Assist you in navigating UK HealthCare’s clinic system and connect you to the resources you need
    • Help make medical language more understandable
    • Provide information, advice and support from pregnancy through the postpartum period in person or by email
    • Serve as birth coaches and provide hands-on comfort during labor
  • Benefits of the MOMS Program

    When you participate in the MOMS Program, you and your baby may benefit in a variety of ways. Having a birthing partner, such as one of our medical students, to turn to for support can:

    • Empower you to participate in your care
    • Decrease your need for pain medication during labor
    • Help you have a healthier pregnancy and give birth to a healthier baby
    • Improve your overall birth experience
    • Lower anxiety and stress
    • Reduce the likelihood that you’ll need a cesarean section
    • Shorten your labor time
  • How to Sign Up

    If you would like to participate in the MOMS Program, contact JoAnne Burris at jburc2@uky.edu or speak with your healthcare provider.