Maternal and Child Health

Breastfeeding peer support

Breastfeeding is the nutritional standard for infant and young child feeding. Human breast milk is the ideal food for infants, and the only food that infants need for the first six months of life.  Breastfeeding peer counselors offer support and assistance to lactating moms, including pumping and storage of breast milk.

Baby Care 

A Medicaid-approved Registered Nurse program for high risk maternity cases and infants (birth to age 2).  This program provides:

  • case management services
  • pregnancy and parenting information
  • emotional support
  • referrals to community services
  • home visits
  • phone support
  • Plan of Safe Care for families impacted by substance use

Care Connection for Children

A statewide network of centers of excellence for children and youth with special health care needs.  Various UVA-based clinics are available onsite.  The southwest region of the state is served by the office located in Bristol, VA at the Washington County Health Department.  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/livewell/programs/ccc/

Car Safety Seat Program 

Virginia state law requires the use of child safety seats.  Safety and booster seats are free to income-eligible families, and staff will teach families how to install the seats properly.

Children’s Immunizations

The Virginia Vaccines For Children Program provides the vaccines necessary for children from birth to 18 years of age to protect against childhood illnesses.  Those required for children entering school for the first time are free.  Fees for other vaccines are based on a sliding scale for eligible children.

VDH Dental Preventive Services

This school-based program provides preventive services which include oral screenings and referrals, oral hygiene instructions and education, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish applications.  Other services may also be offered including scaling and polishing of teeth.  The program is intended for children who do not have a family dentist and parental consent is required.   No payment is required to participate, however Medicaid insurance will be billed, if eligible.  To enroll, please complete registration forms at your child’s school.

The program serves Bristol City, Smyth County, and Washington County schools. Additionally, Early Head Start and Head Start Centers in Washington County and Bristol City offer oral screenings and fluoride varnish applications through the program.

Call Pam Breeding, RDH, at 276-356-1964 for more information.

Pediatric Clinics 

Well-child and school physical exam clinics are offered at all local health department offices.  Fees are based on income.

Resource Mothers

A free program for teens who are 19 years or younger, and who are pregnant or parenting for the first time. Resource Mothers help teen mothers:

  • get early prenatal care
  • avoid tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • learn about Medicaid, WIC and other community services
  • learn about child development and how to keep children safe
  • develop plans for baby’s care
  • build parenting skills
  • finish school
  • obtain a GED and find or continue employment
  • assist with creating a stable, nurturing home
  • delay future pregnancies

Safe To Sleep 

Provides information about safe sleep practices. Read more about safe infant sleep here.

Text(4)Baby 

A free mobile information service providing timely health tips to pregnant women and new parents during pregnancy and through a baby’s first year.  The messages focus on topics critical to the health and well-being of mother and child.  www.text4baby.org

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) 

  • Nutritional benefits for pregnant, breastfeeding or post-partum women and children up to the age of 5
  • Eligibility is based on income and nutritional factors
  • Infant formulas are provided, including specialty formulas

*Not all programs are available in all localities