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    Maternal & Child Health (MCH)   
    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    (512) 776-7373: Phone
    (512) 776-7658: Fax
    TitleV@dshs.texas.gov

Maternal and Child Health Publications

Order some of our publications directly through the HHSC Warehouse or call them at (512) 250-7162 for assistance with your order (unless otherwise noted). Please note that accessible versions of these publications will be available soon.


Reports, Protocols, and Guidelines

Maternal & Child Health legislative reports can be found on the DSHS website.


Information for Parents of Newborns

According to Texas law, physicians, certified nurse midwives, direct entry midwives, hospitals, and birthing centers that provide prenatal care to a pregnant woman during gestation or at delivery will provide the woman with information on immunization, newborn screening, postpartum depression and shaken baby syndrome. 

As of Oct. 4, this publication is in stock.

Information for Parents of Newborns

Safe Sleep For Babies

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to create a “Safe Sleep Checklist” and public service announcement (PSA) for parents. The checklist provides guidance for keeping babies safe while sleeping. Providers may also want to keep copies in their waiting room.

Safe Sleep Checklist

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Donation Brochure

HB 709 requires physicians (and other people permitted by law to attend a pregnant woman during gestation or at delivery of an infant) to provide the woman with the Umbilical Cord Blood Banking brochure before the third trimester of the woman’s pregnancy or as soon as reasonably feasible.

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Donation Brochure

Participating Cord Blood Hospitals and Banks

List of Cord Blood Banks (DOC)

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Children

This guide is designed for Medicaid-enrolled women receiving prenatal care or delivery of an infant services, the father of the infant, or another adult caregiver.

The guide provides information about the development, health, and safety of children from birth to age 5. As per House Bill 1240, enacted by the 81st Legislative Session, a physical copy of the guide is available for free to providers (including staff of hospitals and birthing centers, as well as physicians, nurse midwives, and midwives) who provide prenatal care or deliver an infant of a pregnant woman enrolled in Medicaid. Read the Health and Safety Code, Section 161.501-161.502.

Eligible providers can order the guide at ebestpress.com

For those who are not eligible and would want an electronic copy, download the guide in PDF format:

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Children

Community Inclusion Brochures

DSHS’ Community Inclusion brochures includes information for families and providers about creating an inclusive environment for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The brochures also include resources for providers to learn more about inclusion and resources to help families find inclusive programs.

To order brochures, please use the online order form.

Community Inclusion Brochures

Medical Home Brochures

Maternal and Child Health developed brochures to help families and providers understand the importance of the medical home model.

To order brochures, please use our online order form.

Medical Home Brochures

Transition Brochures

DSHS’ Maternal & Child Health publishes brochures to help families and providers understand the importance of planning for the transition to adulthood.

To order brochures, please use our online order form.

Family Resources

Transition Brochures

Provider Resources

What is Transition? (PDF)


Last updated November 9, 2021