Public Health Home Visitation
This is a convenient service providing visits in your home or another place by a nurse, social worker, and/or dietician for Medicaid eligible pregnant women, babies, and children up to age 5. Parent Educators use the “Parents as Teachers” and “Circle of Security” model during these visits and can provide a variety of screening, resourcing, and education. We also offer Circle of Security Parenting Groups at various locations in the community. Interested parents can also sign up for the Health Montana Families Project home visitation program. Sign up during pregnancy or until your child turns one year old and actively participate in our Parents as Teachers education.
Home visitors can help you answer questions like:
- How do I find community services?
- Where can I find information about pregnancy?
- What am I supposed to feed my baby?
- Is my baby healthy and on track?
- How can I reduce stress in my life?
Before your baby is born, public health home visitation can help with the following:
- Making your pregnancy as healthy as possible
- Helpful hints during your pregnancy
- Understanding physical and emotional changes
- Finding pregnancy medical care and other community services
- Helping you get ready for your baby
- Assisting with the Medicaid application process if necessary
After your baby is born, public health home visitation can help you and your baby with concerns about:
- Breastfeeding and attachment
- Stages of development, including a free developmental screening
- Child safety and childproofing your home
- Immunization information
- SIDS (crib death) prevention
- Parenting concerns and baby cues
- Parent-child interaction
- Postpartum depression screening
The objectives of the program are to:
- Assure mothers and children receive maternal child health services
- Reduce infant mortality and the number of low birth weight babies
Montana has approximately 12,000 births per year and 15% of them may be considered high risk due to medical, social, or economic reasons.
For more information on this service, call 406-791-9299 and ask for Better Beginnings.