The Jackson County Maternal Child Health Program is dedicated to providing services to pregnant women and teens, young children and their families through home visiting programs. A healthy future begins with maternal and child health. Home visiting is a prevention strategy used to support pregnant moms and new parents to promote infant and child health, foster educational development and school readiness, and help prevent child abuse and neglect. visits focus on linking pregnant women with prenatal care, promoting strong parent-child attachment, and coaching parents on learning activities that foster their child’s development and supporting parents’ role as their child’s first and most important teacher. Home visitors also conduct regular screenings to help parents identify possible health and developmental issues.
Jackson County Maternal Child Health Program Descriptions
Oregon MothersCare (OMC): connecting all women to early prenatal care is important to the mother and baby. OMC helps to enroll pregnant women in the Oregon Health Plan and also provides:
- A low cost or no cost pregnancy test, if one is needed
- Making their first prenatal care appointment with a doctor, nurse practitioner or midwife
- Making a dental appointment
- Information about the WIC program that gives women nutrition education and healthy food
- Information about Jackson County Maternity Home Visiting services their community offers
- Other information and services that may be available to them
Nurse-Family Partnership: is a home visiting program that empowers expectant moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Becoming a mom for the first time can be overwhelming and Nurse Family Partnership can help. First-time moms and mothers with children, who are pregnant 28 weeks or less, meet the eligibility criteria and live in a service area are eligible for free help from a personal nurse who will come to your home to offer advice and support when you need it most through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old. For more information visit the Nurse-Family Partnership website.
Babies First! is a nurse home visiting program for families that includes prenatal care, and services for newborns and children up to age of 5 years. The goal of Babies First! is to help families make sure that their babies are healthy as they grow and learn. Nurses will visit the family and baby at their home and can:
- Check-up on prenatal health
- Information on pregnancy and delivery
- Weigh your baby
- Help with breastfeeding
- Check to make sure your child is learning and growing, as they should
- Help you keep your child’s teeth and smile healthy
- Help you build a happy, loving, and fun relationship between you and your child
- Answer questions about keeping yourself and your child healthy and help you know when to see the doctor
- Offer information about what to expect as your child grows and develops
- Help you recognize what your child is telling you before he/she can talk
- Help you make your home safe for your child
- Work with you to solve problems that affect your family’s health
- Help you get health care and/or apply for the Oregon Health Plan
- Refer you to other services you might need
CaCoon (Care Coordination): is a nurse home visiting program that helps families with accessing needed services to support children that have special health care needs. A CaCoon nurse partners with your family over time to:
- Identify your child’s strengths and needs.
- Connect with healthcare and other community supports.
- Make sure your child’s health team works well together. (The team is made up of your family and the professionals involved.)
- Get the information you need to make health-related decisions for your child.
- Identify problems and help you find solutions.
How to Receive Services from Maternal Child Health
- To schedule an appointment with Oregon MothersCare, call 541-774-8209.
- For all other Maternal Child Health Program needs, you can call 541-774-8218, or fill out the referral form and fax it to 541-7977.
- A medical provider may also make a referral for their client to receive services from Maternal Child Health. The provider will need to fill out the referral form and fax it to 541-7977.