Maternal Child Health

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Maternal Child Health Services offers home visits to first-time mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and mothers and infants with health or social concerns.  We also offer support, education, guidance and health intervention to pregnant, postpartum moms and newborns.


Postpartum Care

*  Breast & Bottle Feeding information and support
*  Assessment of postpartum period
*  Screening for postpartum depression
*  Pain and medication management

View Public Health Media Channel video:

We Are Warrior Moms, We Are The Faces Of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
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Click on Brochure for PDF

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Newborn Visits

*  Newborn assessment
*  General health assessment
*  Weight checks
*  Feeding
*  Newborn care
*  Safety - Child Proofing the Home
*  Lead Screening Information
*  Parenting Skills
*  Growth & Development
*  Immunization Teaching & Prevention
*  Community Resources
*  SIDS Prevention

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MOMS Program (Medicaid Obstetrical Maternal Services)
*   Assist with obtaining presumptive Medicaid coverage
*   Provide health education and supportive services to pregnant women
*   Postpartum visit

Child Find Program
*   Children less than 3 years old
*   Developmental screening
*   Education provided

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

NAS refers to symptoms that babies may have if their mothers used drugs during pregnancy.  This is often called "withdrawal".  Common symptoms of withdrawal include:  prolonged or high pitched crying, sleeplessness, feeding difficulties, diarrhea, sensitive to light/sounds/touch, stuffy nose, sweating, trembling, and seizures.  Some drugs can increase the chance of birth defects and/or premature labor.  Common drugs that can cause symptoms of withdrawal include:  Heroin, Codeine, Subutex, Methadone, Cocaine, and Amphetamines. For more information view NAS Brochure  (PDF).

Support is Available!  Give Your Baby a Healthy Start!

     If you are pregnant and think your baby may be at risk for NAS
     *   Ask for help
     *   If you are using drugs, do not just quit suddenly, as it will cause problems for your baby
     *   Get prenatal care and talk openly with your health care provider about the medications, drugs and other substances you are taking or have taken during your pregnancy
     *   Get into a treatment program
     *   Start a Plan of Self Care (POSC) -See below for more information about POSC.

After Birth:

     *   Baby may be in special care nursery/intensive care unit
     *   Your baby will be monitored for symptoms of NAS
     *   Tell your baby's health care providers if you notice any symptoms of withdrawal and work together to reduce the baby's symptoms
     *   Provide comfort measures such as holding baby close "skin to skin", reduce bright lights and noise, gentle rocking, small frequent feedings.
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Plan of Safe Care (POSC)

When an infant has been exposed to substances during pregnancy a POSC is developed.  The plan is written with the pregnant/parenting mother and her personal and professional support team.  

The POSC is a written plan that can be updated and stays with the woman. She is encouraged to share the plan with her support team, throughout her pregnancy.   The team helps to  ensure  resources are available to assist the woman, infant, and family.   

The Plan of Safe Care provides an opportunity to refer mothers to important services, educate them about the health and safety of their infants, and prepare them for the challenges of caring for a substance exposed infant.   

Learn more about Plan of Safe Care Here:

Plan of Safe Care Brochure

Click on Image for PDF of POSC Brochure

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