Maternal Child Health

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Home and/or office visits to: high risk infants and children, pregnant and postpartum women, high risk families needing improved parenting skills, and families with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A member of the Bucks County Department of Health (BCDH) Nursing staff will evaluate your home, in conjunction with a MCH visit, to check for safety hazards for children under age 5. Each participant receives a personalized report with suggestions for their home.

  • MCH Home Visiting Program
    • Doylestown and Quakertown call: 215-345-3344
    • Levittown call: 267-580-3510

MCH Information Flyer
Safety checklist for your home
Milestone Checklist-Digital/Online
Milestone Checklist-Printable

The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is a partnership between the federal government and states. Our goal is to support the health and well-being of all mothers, children, and families. See how it works here.  

Additional Resources: 

AAP Opens in new windowAmerican Academy of PediatricsWe’ve assembled a collection of tools and resources to help pediatricians and healthcare professionals provide education and guidance to parents and caregivers on infant safe sleep.

Asking saves lives Opens in new windowASK“Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” before sending your child to a playdate, caretaker, or relative’s home. Have your teens ask about guns in the home before going on a babysitting job or entering a new group housing situation. And especially ask about guns in the home if you know someone is in crisis and at risk of harming themselves or others. Doing so can help prevent family fire and save lives.

CDC Milestone Tracker App Opens in new windowCDC's Free Milestone Tracker App -  Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.  From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIPCHIP - There are a lot of reasons why kids or teens might not have health insurance —maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work, or maybe other options just cost too much. Whatever the reason, if your child or teen is uninsured and ineligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance, CHIP may be able to help. Having high-quality, low-cost health insurance helps keep your kids strong — CHIP Strong!

Cribs for kids Opens in new windowThe mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. 

healthychildren.org Opens in new windowHealthychildren.org - Did you know that roughly a third of U.S. homes with children have guns? In fact, an estimated 4.6 million kids live with unlocked, loaded guns. That's a scary statistic when you think about the fact that even young toddlers are capable of finding unlocked guns in the home, and they are strong enough to pull the trigger.  

Safe to Sleep Opens in new windowThe Safe to Sleep®Campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, has helped educate millions of caregivers—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, child care providers, health care providers, and others—about ways to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. 

text4bText4baby Opens in new windowaby FREE - Text messages to help you through birth and your baby's first year.  You will receive timely health and safety tips by text message. When you sign up, you can expect 3 free text messages per week throughout your pregnancy and until your baby is one year old. 

the battery controlled Opens in new windowThe Battery Controlled - In 2010 alone, more than 3,400 button battery swallowing cases were reported in the U.S., resulting in 19 serious injuries and in some cases, deaths. Kids under 4 are at the greatest risk. Many coin-sized button batteries can appear “invisible” to parents because devices come with the batteries already installed.  Keeping these batteries locked away and secured in devices is key.

WIC Opens in new windowPA WIC - Choose Healthy. Choose WIC! The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy! Check here to see if you quality and to locate a WIC clinic near you in Bucks.