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Prenatal Legal Checkup

The Austin Medical-Legal Partnership has created a prenatal legal check up to help pregnant people in Texas. 

What is a legal checkup?

A legal checkup is a tool that can be used by people during all stages of life to figure out:

  • What legal needs they may have
  • What legal issues they can prevent

What is a prenatal legal checkup?

Our prenatal legal checkup is designed to start conversations about health-harming legal needs during pregnancy. Our video series covers many potential needs, such as health insurance, food security, domestic violence, employment, housing, healthcare decisions, parental rights, and breastfeeding. Our goal is to encourage expecting parents to take their health into their own hands.

Why is a prenatal legal checkup important?

  • Every year, 1.7 million women in the U.S. get sick or die simply from getting pregnant.
  • Many illnesses and deaths are due to where we live, grow, work, play, and age. These things are called social determinants of health.
  • Things like income, health insurance, housing, education, employment, and even access to legal help are shaped by legal requirements and restrictions.

What if I think I may need legal help after watching the prenatal legal checkup videos?

Learn more about finding legal help here: How to find legal help where I live.

 

Public benefits and food security

Domestic violence

Medical decision-making

Parental rights Part Two