Maternal and Child Health


Mission of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is to improve the health and well-being of prenatal mothers, infants, postpartum women, and children of all ages in Marion County, Indiana.

Vision of MCH is for new and established families to live out their full capacity in life by achieving optimal health, in strong communities.

Goals of MCH to decrease infant mortality and maternal mortality, strengthen our partnerships within the community, maximize opportunities in the community by conducting needs assessments with our stakeholders, and reducing barriers to improve health equity and in doing so, will improve birth outcomes and optimal maternal health.

To combat this two-fold problem, the programs under MCH are: Indianapolis Healthy Start Indianapolis Healthy Babies Consortium, Beds and Britches Etc., (B.A.B.E), Fetal Infant Mortality Review/Case Review Team; and several safe sleep workgroups within this program, Women, Infant, and Children and Community Nutrition Services.


Indianapolis Healthy Start

Indianapolis Healthy Start offers education, referral and support services to pregnant women and their families. Our goal is to eliminate the disparities in birth outcomes and infant survival rates in Marion County. Services are provided through case management, health education and outreach to program participants. IHS also supports and provides clinical services to address Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, as well as Fatherhood engagement and enrollment.


Indianapolis Healthy Babies Consortium

The Indianapolis Healthy Babies Consortium is a community-based partnership consisting of community-based health centers, community residents, health care professionals, Indianapolis-area healthcare systems, institutes of higher learning and state and local health departments dedicated to improving birth outcomes and reducing the overall number of babies who die before their first birthday in Marion County. Solutions to address these health challenges are sought through using fetal-infant mortality data, advocacy, education, and innovative initiatives.



Beds and Britches, Etc. (B.A.B.E) is a community-based incentive program that promotes responsible parenting by offering incentives to expectant parents. B.A.B.E. coupons can be redeemed at any of five B.A.B.E. stores within Marion County. The coupons can be used for infant-related merchandise such as diapers, car seats, clothing, high-chairs, strollers, and cribs. Participants earn the coupons by keeping prenatal appointments, attending parenting classes, taking their child(ren) to get immunized, and other activities that improve family health and wellness and promote positive child growth and development.


Fetal Infant Mortality Review

The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program aims to learn more about the loss of babies in Marion County and ways we can prevent future losses. Through case reviews and interviews with families, we hope to improve resources and services to better help mothers and save the lives of more infants.


Women, Infants and Children Program

The mission is to be a safeguard in the health of women, infants, and children up to age 5. Who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, promoting healthy behavior changes through participant centered nutrition education, encouraging fatherhood engagement, and connecting families to the community resources.


Community Nutrition Services

The Community Nutrition Services program addresses the nutritional needs of both mothers and babies by providing educational resources via virtual or live classes, demonstrations, and home visitation. Having adequate nutritional services will decrease adverse pregnancy outcomes and poor fetal growth.