A Nationally Accredited Health Department Since 2017

The Winnebago County Health Department is working to improve Maternal and Child Health in our community. While teen births have declined from 2017 (4.4%) to 2010 (1.3%), other issues continue to contribute to health disparities that result in infant and maternal deaths. The average infant mortality rate in Winnebago County increased at a time when the overall rates for the State of Illinois declined. In Winnebago County, there are significant disparities by race in the infant and maternal mortality rates.

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Maternal, Infant, Child Health Team

The Winnebago County Health Department is a part of the Maternal, Infant, and Child Team, a collaboration of partners working toward keeping all moms and babies alive in Winnebago County and addressing the health disparities in maternal and infant death rates.

One way this team is working to address the maternal and infant health outcomes is by linking families to community resources, empowering families, and discussing potential community solutions. The Maternal, Infant, and Child Team host monthly PODcasts on the 4th Thursday of every month (2nd Thursday in November and December) to bring families, providers, and community partners together. These Keeping Moms and Babies Alive PODcasts are held via Zoom and livestreamed to Facebook Live. The public can join the conversation by joinging the zoom meeting or submitting questions to be asked during the meeting. Topics will be posted here.

Keeping Moms and Babies Alive PODcasts

Next Podcast: Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 12:30pm

Topic: Virtual Community Baby Shower

This month the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Team is partnering with the Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois to host a Community Baby Shower. The Community Baby Shower is open to the first 50 Winnebago County residents that are pregnant or have given birth in the last 4 months that register for the shower. These participants will be asked to join a Zoom and will have the opportunity to win prizes and gift bags. If you would like to participate in the baby shower via Zoom, please email igrow@publichealth.wincoil.gov.

A portion of the Community Baby Shower during which professionals talk about baby topics such as safe sleep and breastfeeding will be live streamed as part of the “Keeping Moms and Babies Alive” Podcast series. Everyone is welcome to watch and share via the Facebook live to hear and discuss these healthy pregnancy and baby tips. 

Watch the Podcasts:

Find out more about the Maternal, Infant, and Child Team on Facebook @KeepingMomsAndBabiesAlive

Hear Her Campaign & Urgent Maternal Warning Signs

While serious pregnancy-related complications and deaths can occur, many can be prevented by recognizing warning signs and encouraging women to get help early. If you are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant, learn the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs.

It’s important for those around pregnant women to listen to them when they express concerns. The Center’s For Disease Control Hear Her campaign encourages us all to know the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs and help those who are pregnant get the care and support they need to stay healthy. Click here to learn more.