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Maternal Child Health

The Pike County Health Department is asking the community to provide us with information about the health concerns facing residents in Pike County regarding maternal, infant and child health. This information will help PCHD and other community partners to identify the most pressing issues which can be addressed through community action. You can find this link on our website at


The maternal and child health program provides various services to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children within the community. The maternal and child health program focuses on one health priority issue over a three year contract period. This issue has been determined a need within the county and is the focus of system developments around the issue. The health priority focus through 2017 is prevention of unintentional injury. This program will dedicate time and educational resources to inform the public on ways they can prevent unintentional injuries at home.


As a part of this program, immunizations are provided to infants and children in the community at no charge via the Vaccines for Children program for those who are eligible. Children with elevated lead levels are educated and managed with follow-up counseling until levels return to normal levels. Child Care Health Consultation is overseen by one of our registered nurses and acts as an advocate and educator to ensure local daycare facilities are providing the best care possible to our residents. Health promotions are also done at the centers for the children to learn healthy habits. Newborn Screenings are performed and education is provided on the testing conducted for this screening. There is a fee for this service.


Some of the educational classes offered under this program are:


Learn the proper way to ensure your children’s’ safety in your vehicle. The Pike County Health Department has three Certified Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians on staff and is a recognized Child Passenger Safety Inspection Station through National Safe Kids. Any member of the community can come and have a technician check their seat(s) for proper installation, correct improper installations and provide the necessary education needed to ensure future safety. Technicians will also verify if the seat(s) are on the recall list, and if so, will provide the necessary information about what to do in the event of a recall. Anyone is welcome to attend the Car Seat Safety Class given throughout the year for $15.00. Eligible Primary Caregivers are given a free car seat for attending the class. Appointments are required for one-on-one classes. Please call our office at 573-324-2111 to make an appointment.


Pike County Health Department joins hundreds of cities across the country that offers Safe Sitter® babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches 6th grade to 8th grade girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. It introduces Preventing Injuries and Behavior Management. Participants will also learn infant and child CPR. The class is 6 ½ hours, or 1 day with CPR, for a fee of $35.00. Scholarships are available to those who qualify. The course is taught by registered nurses that are certified American Heart Association CPR instructors and have successfully completed the Safe Sitter® Instructor training course. To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts


“Baby Basics” classes are designed for expectant and new parents, foster parents and even grandparents. Parenthood has its challenges and sometimes we need a little preparation and advice since ‘kids don’t come with instructions’. The two part “Baby Basics” series is offered at no cost to parents and grandparents. Session one covers breast and bottle feeding including how to prepare a bottle. Also discussed is how much a baby should eat as well as introducing solids. The session ends with a discussion on diapering, recommended practices for safe sleep, as well as tips to help your baby sleep. Parents will learn about babies’ temperaments and how to cope with the stress of being new parents. A section on Shaken Baby Syndrome is also included.