The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program works on a local, community, state, and national level to provide and or assure quality health services are delivered to mothers, children, and families in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin MCH program focuses on the following health initiatives:
Increasing healthy birth outcomes
For mothers who have recently delivered, Bayfield County public health nurses are available to do home visits through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program. These visits are available and offered to all Bayfield County women who have recently delivered a baby; this service is free of cost to the mother or family. A woman does not need to be enrolled in the Bayfield County Health Department prenatal (PNCC) program in order to have a home visit after delivery, although she may be eligible to receive services during her pregnancy in addition to postpartum.
During these visits, public health nurses can provide education and support on postpartum health, breastfeeding, infant cares, normal infant development, milestone moments, home safety, child passenger safety, and more. Additionally, the public health nurse can do height and weight checks on the newborn; this can be especially helpful for mothers who are worried that their baby is gaining enough weight in the early weeks. These visits are available during the first two months of the newborn's life, or for premature babies up to two months after they are released from NICU.
In addition to the MCH home visiting program for newborn health checks, Bayfield County Health Department offers a variety of services for both infants and children. Immunization services are offered to children from birth through age 18 through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program free of charge. To find out if your child is eligible for the VFC program, go to the Pregnancy, Infant and Children Services page for more information. Public health nurses are also available to answer parents' questions about childhood immunizations and the recommended scheduling for vaccinations. Feel free to call the Bayfield County Health Department at (715) 373-6109 to speak with a public health nurse regarding any immunization questions.
Interested in finding out more about services available to Wisconsin women and their families? For free, confidential information and referral for women, children & families visit the Wisconsin MCH Hotline.
For information on programs or resources to assist parents of children with special needs, contact the Wisconsin First Step Program. The Wisconsin First Step program serves children and youth from birth to age 21 who have physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-642-7837 for more information.