Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

Texans can dial 2-1-1 (option 6) for information on COVID-19 and local community resources on health care, utilities, food, housing and more. Visit the DSHS coronavirus webpage for resources including COVID-19 vaccine information.

hearhertx-sept2021 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.

Now Available For Providers: Order COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy Poster Through DSHS

DSHS'  TexasAIM program recently developed a free poster in English and Spanish to encourage pregnant people, people who are breastfeeding and people trying to get pregnant now or in the future, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Providers can now order the 17 X 24 posters from the Health and Human Services/DSHS Warehouse. These posters can be put in hospitals, clinics or other places where families visit.

You can also download and print the color and black and white 8.5 X 11 posters from the links below.

Social Media Content to Promote Awareness About COVID-19 Vaccines

You can also use DSHS' social media content about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines through the DSHS Basecamp website. 

If you choose to use DSHS' social media content, please tag @TexasDSHS when sharing the graphics or videos on social media. We recommend using the "Pregnancy, Fertility and COVID-19 Vaccines" graphics all together rather than individually.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and help to protect mothers and babies. There is no evidence of miscarriages, stillbirths, or preterm births linked to COVID-19 vaccines.

We need your help to encourage this population to get vaccinated. Together we can help protect Texas mothers, mothers-to-be and babies against COVID-19. 

More COVID-19 vaccine information is available on the DSHS coronavirus webpage

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

  • A parent’s guide to raising healthy, happy children
  • 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.

Last updated November 30, 2021