Maternal & Child Health (MCH) - Information for Parents of Newborn Children

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Parents of Newborn Children

UPDATE (9/2011): During the 2011 legislative session, an amendment was made requiring the addition of pertussis information to the pamphlet distributed by providers. DSHS has added the required pertussis information to the Information for Parents of Newborns pamphlet. The related bill text, HB3336, can be located here.

During the 2005 regular legislative session, legislators passed SB 316, which requires hospitals, birthing centers, physicians, nurse-midwives, and midwives who provide prenatal care to pregnant women during gestation or at delivery to provide the woman and the father of the infant or other adult caregiver for the infant with a resource pamphlet that includes information on postpartum depression, shaken baby syndrome, immunizations and newborn screening.  Providers must document in the client's chart that she received this information and the documentation must be retained for a minimum of five years. It is recommended that the information be given twice, once at the first prenatal visit and again after delivery. Additional details of the law can be located in the Texas Health and Safety Code Section 161.501.

Agency responsibilities:  DSHS has been directed to develop a resource that contains the required information, make it available online and for distribution in English and Spanish and update the information on a regular basis.

You can get this pamphlet in .pdf format by downloading it from here:

Information for Parents of Newborns English (Revised 10/2011) / Spanish (Revised 10/2011)
(6644K/6166K PDF)

Or you may order it by calling the HHS Warehouse at (512) 250-7116 for assistance.

The stock numbers are:
#1-316 - English
#1-316a - Spanish

Another useful resource for new parents is the Pregnancy, Parenting and Depression Resource List:

Pregnancy, Parenting and Depression Resource List

For more information please contact at (512) 776-2021 or titlev@dshs.state.tx.us

Last updated October 29, 2014