Maternal Child Health

Healthy Pregnancies and Births

The Tacoma- Pierce County Health Department's Maternal Child outreach program helps women in Pierce County improve their chances of carrying babies to full term.

The program provides women access to prenatal care, provides home visiting nurses, and coordinates access to important health and maternity support services such as Medicaid, medical care, WIC, mental health and substance abuse services and SIDs education.

All women need to take care of their own health to increase the chance that their babies will have a healthy birth. These are the most important things you can do:

  • Get prenatal medical care from the first months of pregnancy—If you don’t have insurance for medical care, the Health Department can assist you. Please call our Maternal Child Outreach Team at (253) 798-6403 or
  • Eat healthy foods. If you need help affording healthy foods, you may be eligible for Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services (WIC). Apply for WIC in 3 easy steps:
  • Get help from a home visiting nurse if you need it. Contact the Health Department at (253) 798-6403 or to request maternity support services.
  • Be free from Tobacco. If you are smoking, it is most important to quit.
  • Protect you baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by
    • Plan to breastfeed your baby. Talk to your medical provider, hospital or 
      WIC for support for breastfeeding.
    • Do not expose your baby to second hand smoke.
    • Prepare a safe sleep plan for your baby. All babies should sleep on their backs, in their own crib with no pads, bumper, toys or extra blankets in
      the crib with them.
  • Breastfeeding: For your health as wells as your child's, choose to breastfeed.

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