Prenatal Legal Checkup
This video series is what is known as a "legal checkup." Watch the videos to help figure out how to specifically and systematically address your legal needs, especially if you are pregnant.
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?
The Medical-Legal Partnership's prenatal legal checkup is designed to start conversations about health-harming legal needs during pregnancy. The video series covers many potential needs, such as health insurance, food security, domestic violence, employment, housing, healthcare decisions, parental rights, and breastfeeding. The 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?
Find legal help here at TexasLawHelp's legal help directory.
Watch this video to learn more about how to cover prenatal care costs. Related topics include:
Public Benefits and Food Security
Watch this video to learn more about what public benefits may be available and how to access them. Such benefits may include:
Watch this video to learn more about what rights pregnant persons have in the workplace. Learn more at Pregnancy and the workplace.
Watch this video about Protective Orders to learn more about how to stay safe from domestic violence.
Watch this video to learn more about housing rights. Related material on TexasLawHelp.org includes:
Watch this video about Medical Decision-making to learn more about how you can control or delegate your right to make medical decisions during pregnancy, especially if you face a serious pregnancy complication.
Parental Rights: Part One
Watch this video to learn more about parental rights, such as visitation and who gets to make decisions about the child. Topics include:
Parental Rights: Part Two
Watch this video to learn more about parental rights, such as establishing safe visitation when one parent has been abusive or presents a danger to the child.
Watch this video to learn about your rights as a breastfeeding parent in the workplace. Topics include break time for nursing mothers.
Early childhood issues
Watch this video to learn about government benefits that can help you access early childhood services, such as SSI, if your young child has special needs. Related topics include:
WIC Benefits in TexasThis article tells what WIC can do for you and your family, how to apply, and the requirements.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children’s MedicaidThis article provides information on health insurance for children in low-income families in Texas.
Food Stamps (SNAP)This article explains the basics of food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits.
Protective Order: Fact SheetThis article tells you how to get a protective order and protective orders can do.
Tenants' Rights HandbookGeneral explanation of residential tenant rights in Texas.
Pregnancy and HealthcareThis article explains employment protections for pregnant employees, health insurance during pregnancy, and options for parental leave.
Lactation Breaks at WorkThis article explains lactating parents' workday break rights.
Pregnant and Parenting Minors and Health CareThis article explains the rights of pregnant and parenting minors in Texas to make health care decisions.
Peace of Mind Handbook: A Guide to Supporting Special Kids with Special Needs HandbookThe Texas Young Lawyer’s Association’s "Peace of Mind Handbook" provides an overview of resources for parents of children with special needs. ...