Since June of 1996 the Teddy Bear Den has inspired over 21,500 economically disadvantaged pregnant women in the Sioux Falls community to seek early and regular prenatal care. Our entire program is geared toward the low-income pregnant women, pregnant immigrant women and pregnant teens as they are least likely to receive adequate care during pregnancy.
The Teddy Bear Den is a unique program in the city of Sioux Falls; there are no other programs that provide incentives or rewards to limited income pregnant women in exchange for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the most unique features of the Den is the 285 health care providers, clinics, social service agencies, schools and treatment centers that collaborate to make referrals, stamp participant point books, and help to verify that our participants are maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.
Our mission is to promote healthier pregnancies, healthier babies and a healthier community.
The Teddy Bear Den is an incentive and education based program for the limited income pregnant women in our community. We provide referrals, education and incentives to pregnant women, teens, new parents and their families.
Board of Directors
Sandy Lown, Executive Director
Dr. Catherine Brockmeier
Dr. Melissa Jensen
What We Do
The Teddy Bear Den has been instrumental in establishing a program that encourages local low income pregnant women to put themselves and the health of their children at the top of their list. Our mission is to promote healthier pregnancies, healthier babies and healthier families. The Den promotes family bonding and offers incentive items, resources and referrals to community services; this is a key opportunity to educate mothers about health matters related to themselves, their babies and their families.
The Den has seven main objectives to carry out our project and mission.
- Promote early and regular prenatal care.
- Ensure that babies and toddlers receive proper well baby care and immunizations.
- Advocate educational programs relating to parenting, nutrition, health and personal living skills to improve parenting skills and birth outcomes.
- Decrease the number of babies born with preventable birth defects, including fetal alcohol syndrome and low birth weight.
- Increase the number of area women making healthy lifestyle choices such as not smoking, drinking or using drugs.
- Support new mothers and families at a time when support is critical to their families and babies.
- Offer special incentives for women choosing to give their children up for adoption to encourage them to also seek a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their child.