Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health, and even death. The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include hemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor.
The Boone County Health Department offers free pregnancy testing on Thursdays 9:00 A.M-11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. on a walk-in basis. For more information, please call 765-482-3942 option 5
Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. This care can begin even before pregnancy with a preconception care visit to a health care provider. For more information or to contact an obstetrician please visit:
The CDC recommends that women get the Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation, regardless of when they last had the shot, to pass protection to their baby against whooping cough (pertussis). For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.html
The CDC also recommends family members and caregivers get the Tdap vaccine to provide indirect protection to your baby. When your baby’s family members and caregivers get a whooping cough vaccine they are not only protecting their own health, but also helping form a “cocoon” of disease protection around the baby during the first few months of life.
Encourage others to get a whooping cough vaccine at least 2 weeks before meeting your baby if they are not up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccines.
The Boone County Health Department offers the Tdap Vaccine to pregnant women and their families by appointment. Please call 765-482-3942 option 3 or 9 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for 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 a nutritional risk.
The Boone County WIC office is located at 903 West Main Street, Lebanon, IN 46052. Please call 765-482-6176 for more information or visit:
Witham Health Services offers two Breastfeeding Support options: 1) an individualized meeting between mom and a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant; and 2) a recurring Breastfeeding Support Group that meets each week. Please call Witham Health Services Education Department at 765-485-8120 for more information or please visit: http://witham.org/body.cfm?id=27&action=detail&ref=1002