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Maternal-Child Health is a public health entity that works with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is our mission, as nurses, to work to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes.

Evidence-based Links utilized in MFH
that YOU may be interested in

Harvard University: Center on the Developing Child

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Talaris Research Institute: Parenting Counts

NYU: Insights to Temperament

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

What is PRAMS?


PRAMS provides data for state health officials to use to improve the health of mothers and infants. The data is collected by surveys randomly sent out to new moms and babies.  To find out more about PRAMS, click on the icon above.







Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section at the Wyoming Department of Health:



Resources for Breastfeeding Dyads:

  Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine


International Lactation Consultant Association

USBC: United States Breastfeeding Committee

The Magical Hour

BreastFeeding Inc.



Pregnant women and the flu shot fact sheet

Partnership for a Healthy Baby:
Public Health Nursing
Home Visiting Programs

from Florida State University



A public health registered nurse can visit you when you return home from the hospital with your new baby. You will be given instructions on a variety of topics including:
  • How to care for your newborn
  • How to care for yourself during postpartum
  • What is normal and when to call your primary care provider
  • Referrals to local agencies that can assist you if there are any other needs
  • Baby's first immunizations
  • Breastfeeding
  • Developmental milestones in the first six months
  • Why babies cry, how to help babies through crying, and preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Supportive information for dads
  • Environmental hazards that effect the health of your family
  • SIDS prevention
  • Postpartum Depression vs. Baby Blues

                                  It's FREE to every family in Platte County.

At your visit, we will also:

  • weigh and assess your baby
  • do an assessment of mom
  • listen and address any of your concerns
  • refer you and your baby to your healthcare provider if/as needed

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               SIDS                        Postpartum Depression                     Infant Mortality

Other free resources for moms and babies:
                      Positive Parenting



The Best Beginnings program is an educational program for women/families who are pregnant. The program assists women with pregnancy testing, referrals to community providers, enrollment process for the Pregnant Woman Medicaid Program (PE), and by providing education and support. An extensive loan library is available, which contains books and videos on pregnancy, nutrition, infant care, postpartum care, pregnancy issues, and breastfeeding. We also have information important to teen moms. A public health registered nurse can visit with you individually to assist you in obtaining the information and resources you need.

  • Financial assistance for eligible women
  • Pregnancy counseling and teaching
  • Referrals to appropriate resources in the local community
  • Educational materials relating to pregnancy
  • Smoking cessation assistance and referral  
  • Parenting classes for parents of newborns
  • Home visits for moms and babies

    It's FREE to every family in Platte County.

       Tobacco Use in Pregnancy           Pregnancy Complications

              Teen Pregnancy                      Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

    Children's Special Health

    Children's Special Health is a program of the Wyoming Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Division. This program is based on income and the number of members in a family. Eligible families receive:
    • Care coordination services for families of children with special needs, high risk maternal patients, babies in newborn intensive care, and premature babies (less than 35 weeks gestation at birth)
    • Assistance in paying for specialty medical care from CSH participating providers for children 19 and younger with approved diagnoses
    • Dental Health Program for children with cleft lip/palate and those with severe crippling malocclusion

    Families with private insurance may qualify for CSH coverage if they meet income and diagnosis criteria. In addition to care coordination services by a public health registered nurse, CSH may assist in paying the cost of specialty care your insurance may not cover.

    To see if your family qualifies, an application must be completed, you must meet the income guidelines, and your child must be receiving specialty services from providers who participate in the CSH program. Platte County Public Health can provide you with the application and information you need to check your eligibility. Eligibility is determined at the state office of CSH in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    Contact us to visit with our CSH nurse for more information!


    Children's Special Health

    Children's Special Health (Spanish)

    You can also visit: Wyoming Health Department for more information.
    The Wyoming family to family site provides information on improving the health of families and children with special health care needs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From the CDC..."Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies--that's 1 of every 8 infants born in the United States.  Preterm birth is the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks gestation. It is the most frequent cause of infant death, the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children, and costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year." Learn more about preterm birth

    Also visit the March of Dimes for more information on premature births in the U.S.


    Breastfeeding Education and Support

    Breastfeeding isn't just best, it's normal.  Breasmilk is the best and only living, dynamic fluid for your baby.  Nothing compares to breastmilk, but many formula manufacturing companies want you to think their stuff is "just like breastmilk" or compares to breastmilk.  There is no drink nor food that comes close to the complicated, intricate and mysterious make-up of breastmilk.  

    Many more women in the U.S. are choosing to breastfeed their babies.  We have come a long way in providing better support and education to breastfeeding dyads, but we still have a lot of work to do to see the full benefits that breastfeeding and breastmilk can provide for the American culture.  

    A successful breastfeeding experience can be attributed to many factors.  No mom/baby dyad is the same.  Each one is unique and must be looked at with a fresh perspective. It can seem like everyone has a breastfeeding story...good and bad. The opinions of others can make you doubt the best choice for your baby. However, the right choice is rarely ever the easy one. 

    Our goal is to encourage moms who choose breastfeeding to be successful through education and support. Any amount of time you breastfeed your baby will be a benefit to both you and your newborn. However, the recommended time for the best outcome is 6 months exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding up to 12 months or longer.  So what does exclusive mean?

    Check out this link regarding the
    American Academy of Pediatrics stand on exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life:

                      AAP: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
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