We are processing applications for the Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) through the link located below. Completion of the application does not guarantee you will receive WIC benefits, but it will make it possible for the WIC program to contact you to complete the eligibility process over the phone rather than in person.
Our clinic is a drop-off depot for the Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank! Approved donors can call us at (405) 348-4680 to schedule an appointment to drop off milk. To learn more about the Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank, or to become an approved donor, visit their website, or call them directly at (405) 297-5683.
Need a breast pump? WIC helps qualified mothers. Keep reading below, or call us directly for more information.
WOMEN, INFANTS, & CHILDREN (WIC) PROGRAM
As part of receiving assistance from the WIC program, mothers are required to attend classes concerning topics that include breastfeeding, proper nutrition, and physical activity needs for both mother and child.
Mothers and children who are at nutritional risk are given even more focused counseling. Pregnant mothers are taught how to improve their health, and in turn the health of their unborn child.
Prenatal nutrition education improves fetal birth weight and health, and decreases fetal mortality rate. Due to this effort and many other strategies, Oklahoma has decreased its infant mortality rate to 6.8 deaths per 1,000, the lowest our state has seen.
We also counsel our mothers on breastfeeding techniques, which improves breastfeeding success rates. Breastfeeding decreases the risk for many chronic diseases later on in life, which further enhances the health of our future generations.
The WIC program was formed in the 1960s to help fill the void of nutritionally at-risk women and their children. The program serves pregnant women, postpartum women, and children, birth through age 5. A dual program, WIC provides supplemental food assistance as well as nutrition and breastfeeding counseling.
NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
Since 1990, the HOPE Center Health Clinic has been able to assist thousands of women and children by enhancing their knowledge and use of nutrition education.
We have also been able to aid pregnant moms in the delivery of healthy, happy babies. We have had over 1,000 successful births through our clinic, and continue to assists parents with newborns and children up to age 5.
We teach classes on the following subjects:
• Pregnancy & Postpartum Nutrition
• Infant Feeding Practices (Introduction of solids, transition to sippy cups, weaning from the bottle, etc.)
• Child Feeding Practices (Picky eaters, nutrition for growing children, etc.)
• Nutrition During Lactation
Our clinic also offers a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. The program offers breastfeeding support and mother empowerment to our community by utilizing a current WIC breastfeeding mother.
32 YEARS OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
The HOPE Center Health Clinic was established in 1990 to assist in providing prenatal care for uninsured women in the Edmond community who would otherwise be without.
WIC services were added in 1993 to help meet the nutrition needs of women, along with their infants and young children.
In the past year, the HOPE Center Health Clinic held 18,457 appointments. At these appointments, participants were given one-on-one, in-depth nutrition counseling.