Maternal Child Health (MCH) Program
The health and wellbeing of families is a fundamental part to Wayne County Public Health. The Maternal Child Health Program aims to improve health outcomes for women, children, and infants through assessment, policy development, and public health interventions.
The Tender Care program provides educational support for families during pregnancy, after delivery, and while breastfeeding. A registered nurse can provide free in home visits that will provide educational information and support to pregnant women and their families throughout pregnancy and after delivery.
A certified lactation counselor (CLC) can provide free in home visits to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. During these visits, the CLC can help you with understanding the benefits of breastfeeding, pumping, and physical support, such as helping with positioning the baby, latching, and care of your breasts. The CLC can also provide education on how to continue breastfeeding successfully once you return to work.
Additional resources for planning and continuing breastfeeding can be found here
The Maternal Child Health Program is coordinated by:
Susan Sheets, RN
Wayne County Public Health also sponsors a Baby Café which is a free drop in gathering
for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get information and support from trained staff.
Baby Café meets weekly on Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 12 noon at the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark.
Contact the program coordinator if you are interested in more information about this topic, such as educational materials, presentations, and resources.