Weston County Public Health

400 Stampede Street

Newcastle, WY  82701

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                                            Healthy People 202O Goals

Improve the health and well being of women, infants, children and families

 

 

Wyoming State Government Supports Home Visiting for Pregnant & Parenting Families

Wyoming Statute: Title 35, Chapter 27, Public Health Nurses Infant Home Visitation Services, provides financial and policy support for the expansion of the Department of Health's effort to serve families through research-based home visiting models. The legislation requires the Department of Health to provide contacts during pregnancy with eligible women, or where contact was not made prenatally, conduct a home visit following the birth of the baby.

The Home Visiting program is available to all women, during pregnancy and/or following the birth of the baby for assessment, information and referral to community agencies.

The Legislation also mandates that the Department of Health provide home visiting services to priority populations, including first-time mothers.

Maternal Child Health Programs

                                                          Best Beginnings Prenatal 

                                                         Welcome Home Postnatal 

                                                    Children Special Health Program

Best Beginnings  is a comprehensive, coordinated, community-based system of perinatal services for expecting moms. The program assures early and continued prenatal care and coordination of services appropriate for pregnant women and their families.

Services Available Through Best Beginnings for Weston County Babies:

  • Pregnancy counseling and teaching

  • Referrals to appropriate resources in the local community

  • Educational materials relating to pregnancy

  • Smoking cessation assistance and referral

  • Prenatal classes

  • Parenting classes for parents of newborns

  • Home visits for moms and babies

  • Breastfeeding support

Best Beginning clients will receive childbirth classes around 34 weeks of pregnancy.  The course outline includes topics such as common discomforts of the last trimester of pregnancy, positions of comfort, nutrition, anatomy & physiology of labor, stages of labor (early, active & delivery) interventions, variations, pain medicine, postpartum period and newborn care.

Best Beginnings also include breastfeeding classes include discussion of of actural breastfeeding problems that concern mothers in real life. These concerns include questions of anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, mother-baby interaction, knowledge and understanding of nutrition, facts concerning human milk and breastfeeding, and how to succeed at breastfeeding.

 

Welcome Home program is a home visiting program available to parents who have delivered and are seeking infant care and parenting guidance for newborns up to the age of 6 months. 

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Cost of feeding an infant are lowered

  • Cost of medical treatment is lowered

  • Chances of diseases are lowered

Goals:

  • Improved pregnancy outcome

  • Improved child health and development

  • Improved life-course development

Benefits to the family are many. Information and guidance are  provided, including:

  • Making positive choices during pregnancy that contribute to a healthy baby

  • What to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery

  • Infant health and development

  • How to have fun with your baby and develop a very special relationship with your child

Children's Special Healthis a program that offers assistance families who qualifiy for assistance who have children born with special needs.

  • Coordination of Care: assisting families with services needed in the community or state

  • Referrals to parent support groups

  • Financial assistance for limited medical conditions and diseases

  • Specialty care clinics

  • Funds for translation services required by CSH clients

  • Limited funding for transportation

For more information, please call (307)-746-4775