Mom and baby.

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) aims to improve the health of women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children with special health care needs.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) aims to improve the health of women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children with special health care needs. Our staff supports the development of family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.

Healthy Texas Mothers and Babies | Child Health | Adolescent Health
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Systems Development Group
Title V State Block Grant Information

Hear Her Texas Hear Her Texas Logo

More than 700 women die each year in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications up to one year after giving birth. In Texas, approximately 4 out of 5 of these deaths are preventable. 

We all have a role to play in preventing maternal deaths. The loss of one mother is one too many.

Visit Hear Her Texas to learn about urgent maternal warning signs and discover how you can help.

Safe Infant SleepA Father and Mother puting their baby on their back to sleep in a crib.

Each year, about 3,500 infants die from sleep-related death in the United States. 

There are steps you - and everyone who cares for your baby - can take to ensure safe infant sleep.

Every caregiver can plan for safe infant sleep.

Every night. Every nap. Every feeding. Every time.

Visit for more information on keeping your baby safe while sleeping.

Right from the Start A mother and father embracing while the mother breastfeeds.

Over 80% of Texas women start breastfeeding their baby after birth but many are unable to meet their personal breastfeeding goals or reach the medical recommendation to feed only breast milk through the first six months of life.

The goal of the Right from the Start (RFTS) Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is to improve infant health outcomes through improved breastfeeding policy and practices in Texas’ birthing hospitals.

Visit Right from the Start to learn more on how Texas hospitals can champion change in breastfeeding outcomes.

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Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program Logo

Thousands of Texas employers are committed to supporting their breastfeeding employees when they return to work.

Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites are businesses that support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants. Your business may qualify for designation as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite if you have a written and communicated lactation support policy.

Learn more on how your business can become designated as a Texas Mother Friendly Worksite at

Publications A Parents guide cover

DSHS produces several publications, some of which are mandated by the Texas Legislature.

Topics include:

  • Parenting and information for parents of newborns
  • Safe sleep for babies
  • Umbilical cord blood banking

You can find a description of each publication and a link to order them on the DSHS webpage.

The Texas Department of State Health Services does not endorse external links to other websites or documents created by other agencies. These links and documents are informational and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.