Maternal and Child Health Programs

The goals of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Division are to eliminate health disparities, improve birth outcomes, and improve the health status of Licking County’s women, infants, children, youth and families.

MCH Priorities:

  • Decreasing childhood obesity, reducing food insecurity, and supporting breastfeeding;
  • Decreasing infant mortality by ensuring infants have a safe sleep environment and car safety seats;
  • Increasing parenting skills, promoting early childhood development and school readiness;
  • Providing referrals to safety net services assure that the health needs of women and children are met;
  • Addressing social determinants of health.

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Newborn Nurse Home Visiting

The LCHD Newborn Nurse Home Visiting Program provides free home visits where the baby's health is checked and mom's questions about breastfeeding, safe sleeping environments for infants, post partum depression, and more can be answered.


Early Head Start Home Visiting

Early Head Start provides home visits to families with children under the age of three whose income is below 100% of the poverty level. Our home visitors all have a background in Early Childhood Education and have been trained in parenting skills. Questions and referrals can be directed to LEADS Head Start at (740) 349-8606.


Healthy Moms and Babies Program

Expecting and new moms meet with a public health nurse to discuss questions related to healthy pregancies, referrals to support programs and services, breastfeeing, safe sleep practices, and more.



The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.


Breastfeeding Support

The LCHD Nursing and WIC programs work together to promote breastfeeding and to help mothers who choose to breastfeed with education, classes and peer support.

Program Highlights

Project Dawn

Moms Quit for Two

Moms Quit for Two provides smoking cessation counseling for pregnant and new moms and their partners to improve birth outcomes and to assure that children are not exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

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Child Safety Seats

LCHD's Child Safety Seat program provides car seats for low income families without child safety seats. Parents are trained on proper installation and use of the seats and the seat is properly secured in the car by a trained car safety seat technician.

Referrals usually come through the WIC program and other agencies. Seats are provided though the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program and donations from local organizations. If you are interested in supporting this program please call (740) 349-6535.
Free car seat inspections are available by appointment for families who already have a seat but would like a certified child passenger safety technician to check for proper installation. Please call (740) 349-6535 and request the car seat program to schedule an appointment.

Cribs for Kids

Cribs for Kids

The mission of Cribs for Kids is to prevent infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.