Having a new baby can bring changes for the entire family whether it’s the first baby or there are other children in the home. The health department offers all parents a FREE office or home visit to help make this transition easier. A variety of health and parenting topics are discussed including caring for a newborn, breastfeeding, baby’s nutritional needs and feeding, safety, baby blues and women’s health. Baby’s weight and development can also be checked.
Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC)
A medicaid benefit that helps pregnant women get the extra support and services they need to have a healthy baby. Services provided by a public health nurse include: resources and referral to health care and community services, personal support, health education, and nutrition counseling.
Resource Guide for parents, caregivers and grandparents on child development before birth to 5 years of age.
Child Development Birth to 6 Years
Questions about a child’s development? The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is a tool that parents can complete to check their child’s development. Many providers are also using this too. The health department offers the 2 month questionnaire during the new baby visit or it can be sent to families and they can complete and return it to the health department. A public health nurse will score it and contact parents. Or, go to http://asqoregon.com/ and take the questionnaire online.
Cribs for Kids®
Cribs for Kids® is a program to assure the availability of cribs to low-income families in Lincoln County. Requests for a crib must be made through a referring agency. Once the referral is received, parents are contacted and scheduled for an educational session at the Health Department. During that time, staff will explain safe infant sleep practices and review set up and take down of the crib. Parents receive a voucher which can then be redeemed after their baby is born. There is a $15.00 donation for the Graco Pack ‘n Play, which is strongly encouraged to maintain the program. Anyone interested in making a monetary donation to purchase cribs for this program, can contact the Health Department.
First Breath Program
The First Breath Program assists pregnant Wisconsin women to quit or reduce smoking with the goal of improving maternal and child health. Any pregnant woman who has recently quit smoking or wants to quit smoking can participate in this program. If you would like more information or to enroll in the First Breath Program, please contact the Lincoln County Health Department. Additional information about this program can be found on the First Breath website http://www.wwhf.org/programs/first-breath/ or the First Breath Moms Website http://firstbreathmoms.org/.
Water Test Kits
Water test kits are available at no charget to those who are pregnant or have a two year old or younger in their home. Test kits if valued at over $80 and tests fluoride, nitrates, bacteria and metals.
The Wisconsin Maternal And Child Health (MCH) Hotline provides information and links to services and resources for women before, during, and after pregnancy and for children including children with special health care needs. The hotline also serves professionals who are seeking referrals for their clients. (MCH) 1-800-722-2295, Twenty-four hours/day, 7 days/week MCH Hotline.
- Lincoln County Parenting Support Network
- Learn the Signs. Act Early: information about child development
Document your pregancy by taking daily photos. Here’s an app to learn how: https://www.marchofdimes.org/
Free text messages to keep you and your baby healthy: https://text4baby.org/