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Maternal/Child Health

Maternal & Child Health Initiative

Maternal & Child Health Goal:  To improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families

The mission of the Maternal Child Health Task Force is to facilitate the health and wellness of new mothers and infants in Johnson County. We work to fulfill our mission by focusing on the following key areas:

  1. Access to early prenatal care. Through our networking and collaboration, we ensure the community is              aware of and is able to utilize insurance navigator services, and offer prenatal services through Johnson          County Women’s Care Group office and Windrose Health Network.
  2. Reduction of maternal smoking. Our team acquired the Baby and Me Tobacco Free grant to begin services        out of the Johnson County WIC office October 1. Our goal is to reduce the maternal smoking rate from              13.7% to 11.5% by October 2018. We will achieve this though the Baby and Me Tobacco Free platform,              and by collaboration with all of our represented task force members to refer patients to the program.
  3. Promotion and facilitation of breastfeeding. This includes reaching out to county businesses to ensure a          healthy breastfeeding environment for employees. We plan to be present at the Johnson County Fair in            2018, continue to educate about and support breastfeeding at Great Expectations, and are currently                working to collaborate with the South Central Breastfeeding Coalition to ensure a strong breastfeeding            culture in Johnson County. We plan to have an educational offering focused on breastfeeding at the                  Partnership Wellness Summit.
  4. Promotion and facilitation of the Safe Sleep message. Our task force will continue to reinforce the “Back           to Sleep” message. Healthy Families will continue to supply free infant cribs along with Safe Sleep                   education to any client in need. Task force members will continue to refer clients to Healthy Families for         cribs.
  5. Reduction of violence against infants. Task force members with patient contact have educated staff on the      Period of Purple Crying program from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. We plan to continue      promoting and educating on this important message to the community. We plan to make this education a      key note address at our Great Expectations events, given by Dr. Leticia Nunez, Pediatrician, from the                Windrose Health Clinic. We also plan to continue to support this program with Dose 2 paper materials for        Dose 2 providers.
  6. Care of pregnant inmates at the Johnson County Jail. There has been a rise in addicted and pregnant                inmates at the Johnson County Jail. We propose working with the jail to ensure the pregnancy and                    addiction needs of this complex population are being met in a manner which promotes optimal health for      the mother and the baby.

The Great Expectations Childbirth education and baby fair event acts as a vehicle allowing the Maternal Child Task Force to work on 5 of its 6 team goals. We do not require a fee for any patient who registers. Registered participants are not restricted to receiving care at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Each quarter there are patients registered who receive care at Community South and St. Francis. We complete early pregnancy and late pregnancy/new mother and baby education, but also have an hour where participants can tour different booths staffed by “vendors” from the county. Participants can learn of support services and can be matched with services they may need that day. Examples are WIC, Healthy Families, Managed Health Services, Windrose, the Johnson County Library, and La Leche League to name a few. It has proven very positive and has a great reputation in the community for being an excellent and successful collaborative effort created and maintained by the Partnership.


Free Childbirth Education Class!

From the moment you realize you are pregnant through your last trimester and beyond, there is 


Car Seat Programs

Statistics show that at least four out of five car seats are used incorrectly.  Improper use of a child safety seat can lead to severe injury or death.  The following departments have certified child passenger safety technicians who provide free car seat inspections and instruct families on how to properly install and secure seats in their vehicles.

Car seats and booster seats are available at no cost to those individuals needing  a car seat and have financial need.  Proof of participation in a state or federal government assistance program is required for free car seats.

To see a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Sites:   CLICK HERE

Safe Sleep Crib Programs

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

Family Services & Prevention Programs - Johnson County Safe Sleep Program

360 S. Madison Ave., Suite 208, Greenwood, IN  46142


39 Weeks Campaign

Maternity & Child Health Team Chair:  Stacey Hummel, Nurse Manager - Maternity Center

Maternity & Child Health Team Members

Angelcare, Inc.

Yadi Garcia

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Cora Butler

Michelle McMahon

Lisa Wells

Dawn Underwood

Dawn Underwood & Peggy Faulk

Sonya Ware-Meguiar

Head Start

Cyndi Bedwell

Healthy Families

Renee Martinez

Johnson County Community Corrections

Kim Hammett

Johnson County Health Department

Lisa Brown, RN

Johnson County WIC

Cindy Boughton

Johnson County Women's Care Group

Tammy Holm

Johnson Memorial Hospital

Stacey Hummel, Maternity Center Nurse Manager

LaLeche League

Kathy Robertson

MD Wise, Inc.

Melissa Simmons

Period of Purple Crying

Julie Miller

ProKids Inc/First Steps

Katerina Groves

Nancy Voris

Turning Point

Stephanie Cunningham

WindRose Health Network

Judy Jacobs, Carey Frazier

Did your know...

...That you are twice as likely to deliver a low birth weight baby if you smoke?

...That your baby has twice the risk of SIDS if you smoke?

...You have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy if you smoke?

...You have a 30-50% higher risk of miscarriage if you smoke?

Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or go to Baby Love

for the help you need. It's free!

Few things in life are more exciting than the birth of a new baby, but it can also be stressful. During this time - perhaps more than any other - it's important that you take care of yourself.

Our Ultimate Guide to Self Care for New Moms will help you know what to expect and provide ways to make this transition easier. We'll cover topics like:

  • Why self care is important
  • Specific ways to take care of yourself physically and emotionally
  • Tips for the entire family

If you're a new mom or mom-to-be, this guide is for you!

Maternal & Child Health Meeting Minutes