Public Health -
Maternal/Child Home Visits
Schoharie County Department of Health's Public Health Nurse (PHN) will call you within a few days of your discharge from the hospital to ask how you and your baby are doing and answer any questions you may have. If you wish, our PHN will come to your home to see you and your baby. Our nurse will bring information that covers many topics of baby and childcare. Our nurse will weigh your baby, and will demonstrate any baby care techniques you may not be sure of, like feeding, bathing or taking a temperature. Instruction on newborn care, infant growth and development, feeding, including breastfeeding support, is available whether this is your first or fifth baby.
Your baby is an individual and may not look like or act like other children. Immunization schedules and childcare recommendations seem to change constantly. Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, but it can be a challenge. Our nurses can help you to feel confident that the care you are providing your little one is the best you can give. Our nurses can help answer your questions, give you advice and provide support.
We also offer services for older children and adults, such as immunizations and blood pressure clinics. If your baby has special needs, our Early Intervention program will provide services designed to help your child reach his/her full potential.
We can provide you with information regarding other community services, such as Schoharie County Community Action Program (SCCAP) that can help you to meet your familyís needs. Further, Child Health Plus is a free or low cost health insurance program for children who are eligible.
It would be great if babies came with instructions, but since they donít, our PHN can provide you with information that will make being a new mother a bit easier.