Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

SIDS Oct 2019

In honor of SIDS/SUID Awareness Month, CDPH wants to share some tips on creating a     safe-sleep area to reduce the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly:
   1. Always place baby on his or her back for all sleep times, including naps and at night.
   2. Use a firm sleep surface and keep all objects out of the sleep area.
   3. Do not put baby to sleep on an adult bed, couch, sofa or armchair.
   4. Don’t let baby get too hot during sleep. Use a 1-piece sleeper or wearable blanket. Do not 
       use blankets, quilts or other coverings.
Learn more about safe sleep at n Donts of Safe Sleeping

Download a DOs and DON'Ts of SAFE SLEEP PDF flyer.
View a
MyStory series video on CDPH.

What We Do

The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program assesses the needs of mothers, infants, children and adolescents and makes appropriate referrals for services and benefits.

Public Health Nurses provide home visits to pregnant and parenting women, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals for postpartum depression counseling in order to improve the health of women, infants, children, adolescents and their families.


The Maternal and Child Health Program provides:
  • Home visits for both prenatal and postpartum mothers of babies up to six months old
  • Referrals and assistance for housing, food, support groups, medical and social linkages, postpartum depression counseling, support to family
  • Postpartum visits for information on childhood immunizations
  • Breastfeeding referral and support

Text 4 Baby

Topics include:
 ~ Nutrition
 ~ Safe Sleep Tips
 ~ Baby's Milestones
 ~ Signs and Symptoms of Labor
 ~ Dr Visit and Appointment Reminders
Free text messages to keep you and your baby healthy. Helping you through birth and baby's
first year. Available in English & Español.
It's also an app! 
Click on the picture to the left to get started! 
~ Breastfeeding Advice
~ Car Seat Safety
~ Information on Health Insurance
~ Urgent Health Alerts
~ Resource Hotlines and Websites