Maternal & Child Health (MCH) - Information for Parents of Newborn Children

Parents of Newborn Children

During the 2005 regular legislative session, legislators passed SB 316, which requires hospitals, birthing centers, physicians, nurse-midwives, and midwives who provide prenatal care to pregnant women during gestation or at delivery to provide the woman and the father of the infant or other adult caregiver for the infant with a resource pamphlet that includes information on postpartum depression, shaken baby syndrome, immunizations and newborn screening.  Providers must document in the client's chart that she received this information and the documentation must be retained for a minimum of five years. It is recommended that the information be given twice, once at the first prenatal visit and again after delivery. Additional details of the law can be located in the Texas Health and Safety Code Section 161.501.

Agency responsibilities:  DSHS has been directed to develop a resource that contains the required information, make it available online and for distribution in English and Spanish and update the information on a regular basis.

You can get this pamphlet in .pdf format by downloading it from here:

Information for Parents of Newborns English (Revised Jan. 2016) (454KB PDF) Spanish (Revised Feb 2016)
(6166K PDF)

Or you may order it directly through the HHSC Warehouse at or call them at (512) 250-7162 for assistance with your order. As of Oct. 21, this publication is out of stock and will be available in the coming weeks. DSHS will post on this webpage when the publication becomes in stock. In the meantime, access the electronic version at the links above. Thank you for your patience.

The stock numbers are:
#1-316 - English
#1-316a - Spanish

Another useful resource for new parents is the Pregnancy, Parenting and Depression Resource List:

Pregnancy, Parenting and Depression Resource List

    For more information, please contact us at: 
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Maternal & Child Health
    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    (512) 776-7373: Phone
    (512) 458-7658: Fax 


    Last updated October 21, 2020