Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health

The well-being of mothers and children can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the healthcare system. Objectives of maternal and child health include addressing areas of health behaviors, wellness, quality of life, and disease prevention. Connect with organizations working to ensure, protect, and promote health for women, children, youth, and families, including organizations advocating for policy that addresses health disparities in maternal health among women of color. Use the resources below to help inform maternal and child health programs and policy, navigate health and wellness resources available for families, and help individuals navigate all stages of pregnancy.

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Legislative Committees

House Committee on Health and Human Services

This committee is responsible for
legislation that affects the conditions of safety regulations and social services for the citizens of Georgia. This committee also addresses the legal areas surrounding medical professionals and medicinal provisions.

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

This committee has general jurisdiction over legislation relating to healthcare and social services. This committee also addresses areas related to the licensing and regulation of healthcare professionals.

View Maternal and Child Health Organizations:

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International

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. Also recognizes hospitals who do the same.

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National

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Leads and supports programs nationally to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, youth, families, and communities.


Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Advocates for policies that address Black maternal health inequity and improves Black maternal health outcomes, cultivates research, advances care for Black mothers, and amplifies the voices of Black mothers.


Bright Futures
Offers prevention and health promotion for infants, children, adolescents and their families.


Colage
Supports people with one or more LGBT caregivers by uniting them with a network of peers and supporting them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in their communities.

Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Works to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and financial health of underserved Black women and their families.


Gender Spectrum
Works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.


Family Equality
Advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families and for those who wish to form them through policy change and education.


Health Resources & Services Administration: Maternal & Child Health Bureau
Provides funding to states, universities and community organizations, designs and runs programs to improve the health of America’s mothers and their families, collects data and conducts research, and supports formal training in maternal and child health concepts.


National Women’s Health Network
Shapes policy and monitors actions by federal regulatory and funding agencies, the healthcare industry, and health professions. Also identifies and exposes health care abuses, mobilizing grassroots action for women’s health.


Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Supports lesbian and gay individuals and their families. Committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
Addresses breastfeeding disparities for communities of color and works to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.


The Bump
Informs first-time millennial parents on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and babies with stage-by-stage content, expert advice, news, and interactive tools.

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Statewide

Childcare and Parent Support
Assists low-income families with the cost of childcare while they work, go to school/training, or participate in work-related activities.


First Steps
Provides universal support for all expectant parents and children birth to five and their families.


Georgia Affiliate of American College of Nurse-Midwives
Provides individuals the opportunity to build a professional network and community, enact change in the local and national government, and foster a more healthy and equitable society.


Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
Works to improve and maintain the health of Georgia’s families by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding.


Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Advocates for maternal and child health in Georgia.

Georgia Chapter of Postpartum Support International
Helps those suffering from perinatal mood disorders by promoting awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in Georgia.


Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Offers head start, childcare, and Pre-K programs.


Georgia Department of Public Health
Provides public health services for women and children including comprehensive health exams, testing, education, and access to community resources.


Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
Advocates for women’s health and continuing medical education.


Georgia Perinatal Association
Multi-disciplinary organization of healthcare professionals promoting improved pregnancy and infant outcomes through education and collaboration. Also educates healthcare professionals and enhances collaboration among groups supporting mothers and families in Georgia.


Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Group of neonatologists, obstetricians, midwives, public health professionals, and other stakeholders working to identify and implement improvement strategies for maternal and infant health.


Georgia Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Provides special checks to buy healthy food from WIC-authorized vendors, information about nutrition and health, support, and information about breastfeeding, and help in finding healthcare and other community services for low-income women.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
Works to improve access to prenatal and preventive healthcare for thousands of women, children, and families in Georgia through direct service, collaborative advocacy, and community education.


La Leche League of Georgia
Provides education, mother-to-mother support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.


March of Dimes Georgia Chapter
Supports research, leads programs, and provides education and advocacy for maternal and child health.


Pickles & Ice Cream
This project of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia offers accessible, mom-friendly maternal and infant health information and resources.


Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Works to increase public awareness and implement programs and practices that prevent child abuse and neglect by developing trainings, educating communities, and connecting families to needed resources.

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Metro Atlanta

Feminist Women’s Health Center
An abortion clinic that provides safe, affordable, and compassionate abortion and reproductive healthcare to all who need it without judgment.


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Middle Georgia

Heart of Georgia Healthy Start
Identifies threats to the health of mothers and babies and addresses the conditions that lead to higher risks and poor outcomes through projects and partnerships

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Maternal and Child Health Resources

Amerigroup Real Solutions
Taking Care of Baby and Me Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide


Baby-Friendly Hospitals Initiative
Baby-Friendly Facilities A-Z by State


Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Black Mamas Matter Toolkit

Literature


Bright Futures
Resources for Families


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Pediatric Asthma Resources for Parents


Georgia Department of Community Health
Service Map for Childhood Health & Education in Georgia


Georgia Department of Health
Baby’s First Test

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, Inc. – Parent Resource Guide

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Maternal-Child Health Resources


Georgia Health Policy Center
Childhood Obesity Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities: A Guide for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Georgia

How to Keep Kids Active During a Pandemic


Georgians for a Healthy Future
Affordable Health Care for Your Children

For Uninsured Parents


La Leche League of Georgia
Resources


National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Consumer Materials in English and Other Languages


Parent to Parent of Georgia

Medical Home


Pickles & Ice Cream
Classes

Peer Support Groups

Postpartum

Pregnancy

Pre-Pregnancy

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Myths

Partner Resources

Saving Tomorrow Today: African American Breastfeeding Blueprint


Single Mother Grants
Single Mother Grants


The Bump
How to Love Your Post Baby Body


University of Minnesota
Leadership, Education and Training Program in Maternal & Child Nutrition