We believe that all caregivers should have access to the services, support, and evidence-based information they need to make informed-decisions and build thriving families. Cost should never stand in the way.
Our Access & Equity Fund covers the gap between what mid-income families can afford to pay for services and actual costs. This program is available for pregnant and postpartum caregivers whose household income falls between 80 percent to 120 percent of the Santa Barbara County Adjusted Median Income (AMI) range (see our FAQs below). Families whose household income below 80% of AMI are also eligible for subsidized services, though we will also work with you to see if you know of all of your options for care in the community in case a thoughtful referral is the best fit for you.
The Fund provides access to the same great services you know and love in order to share vital information, reduce postpartum depression and mood disorders in our community (the #1 ‘complication’ to childbirth). This supports the long-term health of local parents and babies by providing compassionate care and education in a genuine community. Specific services currently include: childbirth and breastfeeding education, clinical breastfeeding care (lactation consultations), and support groups.
Are you a expectant or new parent who would like to learn more about accessing subsidized services?
Please fill out this form, let us know what services you need support with, and we will be in touch with you.
We won’t be able to do this without continued community support! Every penny helps — small donations (and big) add up! If you would like to support the cause, you can do so here.
Then Comes Baby strongly believes in protecting the access of all new and expecting families to the information and guidance needed to navigate the learning curve of pregnancy and early parenthood. The Then Comes Baby Access & Equity Fund covers the gap between what mid-income families can afford to pay for services and actual costs.
e are happy to meet you where you are as best we can. We offer: 1) work exchange for credit toward classes, services, or groups, 2) payment plans if you can fund the entirety of the cost but just need a little time to do so, 3) shared costs for limited classes, services, and groups. Get in touch and let’s see what we can work out!
- We understand that families can look a million beautiful different ways. If you are pregnant, planning an adoption, or are a baby’s primary guardian – come on in, the water’s warm.
- In alignment with other organizations in town, we adjust how much support we can offer based on your family size and how your household income relates to the Adjusted Median Income (AMI). Locate your family size and total household income below to see if you are eligible:
Because TCB Funds are limited, we have put a few parameters in place to make sure we are stretching out support as far as possible:
- Less than 80% of the Adjusted Med Income (AMI)
- TCB pays 75% of typical cost, you pay 25% of typical cost
- 80-100% AMI
- TCB pays 50% of typical cost, you pay 50% of typical cost
- 100-120% AMI
- TCB pays 25% of typical cost, you pay 75% of typical cost
At this time, TCB is happy to provide support for participation in:
- Core Prenatal Education (Childbirth Prep, BF 101, Living on Baby Time)
- Lactation Consultation (2 visits)
- New Moms Support Group (6 weeks)
As our Access & Equity Fund grows and our reach expands, we aim to grow into offering support for our Developmental Play classes (TummyTime! Method and Babies at Play) and mental health services.
We are happy to meet you where you are as best we can. We offer:
- work exchange for credit toward classes, services, or groups;
- payment plans if you can fund the entirety of the cost but just need a little time to do so;
- We leave a limited amount of reduced fee spots available;
- We have wonderful working relationships with many organizations in town. If we have a trusted place that we can suggest as an alternative place that can help you meet some or all of your needs, we’ll help you explore that.
Nope! We are happy to support our community as much as we are able to. No one in class or group will know, or need to know, that your participation was supported by the Fund.
Approximately 90-95% of your financial contribution to the Perinatal Equity Fund directly supports a family in need of services and supports. (We have to pay merchant processing fees and other basic fees to run the program). This means that if you donate $100, $90-$95 will be used to support families requesting financial support to access our mission-based services.