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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bernetta Terry is enjoying being a mother.

She has a 2-year-old son named Jeremiah and is about six months pregnant with her second boy.

She's in a much better place than where she was when she first became a mom.

"I was crying a lot," Terry said. "I was scared all the time."

After Jeremiah was born, Terry suffered from postpartum depression on top of losing her job.

"I didn't have any income so I was struggling," she said.

But she got help.

She was assigned a case worker and therapist from Family Service of the Piedmont's Healthy Start program.

"She gave me different techniques I could use to calm my fears and settle myself," Terry said.

The program links moms at risk of abusing or neglecting their children with parenting classes, books, diapers, wipes and clothes.

Resources that are now starting to get a little thin due to cuts in state funding, according to Angel Boyd-Gilyard, program manager for Healthy Start.

This year funding for the program was cut 10 percent on top of cuts from last year.

The lack of money is causing longer waiting lists and fewer families getting help.

"It's taking us five to six weeks to get those families assigned to a case worker so our thought is 'what are those families doing?’" Gilyard asked.

Books, diapers and other items the program gave out once a week now go out once a month.

It's not just Guilford County.

Randolph County cut two of its four programs to help moms at risk due to a lack of state funding.

Boyd-Gilyard says some mothers can't afford to lose these services.

"They don't have any supports," she said.

To donate to the Healthy Start program, go to www.fspcares.org.