Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting

County of Santa Clara Public Health Department programs and services assist expecting parents in preparing for baby and provide families with additional parenting resources, assistance, and information. 

Black Infant Health (BIH) - Pregnant African-American women can access empowering group classes, Public Health Nurse home visits, assistance with medical appointments, breastfeeding help, and more.

Breastfeeding - Need breastfeeding support or services? Want to learn about your rights at work?

California Children's Services - A statewide program for children and young adults under 21 years old with complex medical conditions that connects enrolled children with health care professionals.

Car Seat Safety - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. By law, all babies and children are required to be in car seats.

Childhood Feeding Practices - Learn about best practice child feeding strategies to encourage children to become happy, healthy, and competent eaters.

Child Health and Disability Prevention - A program focused on the doctors of children on Medi-Cal. It ensures that health problems are detected early and prevented from becoming more serious. Helps low-income children receive quality health care.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Lead is in the paint and dust in buildings built before 1978, and in some products from other countries, and can be very dangerous for children. Lead poisoning can affect your child's ability to learn, pay attention, and behave.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program - A Medi-Cal program that provides enhanced obstetric services for eligible low-income pregnant and postpartum women. Women receive comprehensive nutrition services, psychosocial support, health education, and case management from conception through 60 days postpartum.

Early Prenatal Care  - You should see a healthcare provider right away if you think you are pregnant-- ideally within the first twelve weeks of your pregnancy.

Maternal Mental Health Collaborative - Up to 1 in 5 moms and 1 in 10 dads will suffer a more serious form of the typical “baby blues,” known as a perinatal mood disorder. These are serious illnesses that, untreated, can have devastating effects on the mental health of the parent as well as the emotional development of the baby and the wellbeing of the family as a whole.

Mother-Friendly Worksites  - Employers must provide a reasonable amount of break time and a private location to express breast milk.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention - Program works to ensure doctors prevent the spread of hepatitis B from infected mothers to newborn infants. There are an estimated 800 babies born to hepatitis-B-infected mothers in our County each year.

Pregnancy and Parenting Referral Line - Need food or a dentist for your child? A free pregnancy test? Prenatal care or help quitting smoking during pregnancy? Call 1-800-310-2332.

Safe Routes to School - A network of partners work together to create safe and healthier environments where children can walk and bike to school while combating childhood obesity.

Safe Sleep Awareness  - Infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping practices can be prevented.

Vaccination - Whether it is your first baby or your school-age child, get up-to-date on shots. Immunizing your children is one of the best things you can do to protect your family against serious disease.

Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) - Low to medium income families may qualify for food assistance, nutrition tips, and breastfeeding assistance.


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