317.736.2657

Maternal and Child Health

Our Goal

To improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families. 

Our Objectives

  • To provide the community with access to early prenatal care 
  • To reduce maternal smoking   
  • To promote and facilitate breastfeeding and the Safe Sleep message  
  • To reduce violence against infants through community education programs 
  • To provide care to pregnant inmates at the Johnson County Jail that promotes optimal health for mother and baby  
  • To increase access to resources needed for growing families

Current Projects

The Maternal and Child Health Team is working on some of the projects listed below. We are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to be a part of our team, so if you are interested please contact us. See Calendar for meeting details. 

Breastfeeding Awareness

Promotion of breastfeeding support in the community. We have designed a breastfeeding friendly window decal that would be placed on the organization front entrance. This helps identity that they are either a place that supports nursing employees and/or provides a comfortable place for moms and babies to nurse. We also strive to provide social media recognition for those businesses in the community that provide supportive breastfeeding/pumping policies for when a mom goes back into the workforce. We can also be a resource for businesses that are interested in finding out more about establishing breastfeeding friendly polices or need help setting up a place for a returning employee to pump.

Diaper Drive

Our efforts will help increase access to diapers for those in need. We plan to have various boxes placed in the community to collect diapers and will donate them to Indiana Diaper Source & Baby Boutique, which is opening their doors in September 2019. This organization helps all zip codes and has the same location as the Great Harvest Food Pantry.

Increased Referrals

Promotion of community programs. We desire to reach any prenatal woman whom is pregnant and smoking or who smoked three months prior to current pregnancy. The Baby and Me Tobacco free program is non-income based and helps women stop smoking or remain smoke free, but we need more people in the community to know about the program by increasing referrals from all community partners. Please see Baby & Me Tobacco Free program on our page for more information.

Resource Binders

We realize that social media and websites for resource information are important however, when individuals are at an organizations needing help, brochures or materials are effective as well and assist in the referral process. Designated organizations such as the Johnson County Jail and Food pantries are among the few that have been identified would benefit from these hands on materials.

Safe Haven Baby Box

There are current discussions with Johnson Memorial Hospital to house a Safe Haven Baby Box. We are working on a fundraising plan and materials to submit to potential donors. These boxes cost approximately $10,000.

Programs

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families.  The programs listed below are ways we are striving to support our mission in the community. 

Baby & Me Tobacco Free

Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a free, non-income evidenced-based program for pregnant women who are ready to quit smoking or who quit smoking three months prior to pregnancy. By committing to quit or stay smoke free, a mother can earn diaper/wipe vouchers that can be used in stores.

To Enroll in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program
Commit to quit smoking during pregnancy and staying quit after delivery.
If you were a smoker before you were pregnant, you may qualify.
Attend at least 3 brief prenatal quit smoking sessions during pregnancy.
Take a simple breath test at each visit to prove you are smoke free.
After initial enrollment on the 3rd prenatal session, you can start receiving a $25.00 voucher for FREE DIAPERS and/or WIPES during pregnancy and up to 12 months after your baby is born.
A smoker who lives with the pregnant woman can also enroll into the program and if successfully quits smoking, may also receive diaper vouchers during the postpartum period.

Contact
Johnson County WIC
600 Ironwood Drive, Suite I
Franklin, IN 46131
317.736.6628

Car Seat Safety

Since May of 2019 we have increased the number of car seat safety technicians in Johnson County. These technicians have the skills to inspect car seats and refer to the local car seat program in the area (please see car seat programs on our page) for those those in need of a new seat and a lack of resources to purchase one. We are actively seeking funding to purchase car seats so that the technicians located at the Johnson County Health Department and Johnson County WIC office can also provide a car seat, if needed.

For Financial Hardships / Free Inspections

Franklin City Police Department
2801 North Morton Street
Joe Dillon 317.736.3670

White River Township Fire Department
850 South Mullinix Road
Craig Zollars 317.888.8337

Children’s Bureau 317.535.3326

Franciscan Health Indianapolis 317.528.5774

Free Inspections by Appointment Only

Johnson County Health Department 317.346.4365

Johnson County WIC 317.736.6628

Local Car Seat Programs and Inspection Sites

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is a free childbirth education program held quarterly by Johnson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Care Specialists and Maternity Care Services. Pregnant moms are given the opportunity to interact with other women and pediatric providers at sessions designed for their current stage of pregnancy. Participants are not restricted to receiving care at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Registration is required.

317.736.3450

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Safe Sleep Cribs

If your baby does not have a safe place to sleep, contact:

Family Services and Prevention Programs – Johnson County Healthy Families Program
360 South Madison Avenue, Suite 100
Greenwood, IN 46142
317.859.3500

39 Weeks Campaign

Healthy babies are worth the wait. If your pregnancy is healthy, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks.

Learn More

TEAM MEMBERS

Team Chair

Tracy Smith, RD, IBCLC
Johnson County WIC Coordinator
Baby & Me Tobacco Free Administrator

 

Cindy Boughton
Johnson County WIC Program

Lisa Brown
Johnson County Health Department

Carey Frazier
Caresource

Jeffrey Galbraith
Caresource

Cassie Hawkins
Human Services (Head Start/ Early Head Start)

Mandi Harmon
Johnson Memorial Health

Stephanie King
Healthy Families

Heather Lett
Nurse Family Partnership

Tracy McQueen
Assist Indiana

Billie Morton
Covering Kids and Families

Dr. Veronica Mosier
Windrose Health

Erin Neu
Franciscan Alliance

Kathy Robertson
Johnson County WIC Program

Kathy Robertson
Johnson County WIC Program

Clarie Russell
Nurse Family Partnership

Ashley Smith
Turning Point

Katie Sparks
Beats for Bristol

Jessica Stall
Adult & Child Health

Anna Vallow
Indy Birth Services

Nancy Voris
Tobacco Free Johnson County

Laura Wiles
Healthy Families

Claire Winship
Children’s Bureau

Cheryl Yazell
Community South Hospital

WORKING TOWARD A HEALTHIER JOHNSON COUNTY

For more information about our Partnership Action Teams, contact us.


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Johnson Memorial Health
1125 West Jefferson Street
Franklin, IN 46131