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Health Services – Children and Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman preparing dinner

Many programs at the Health Department can help pregnant women and children get services they need to stay healthy:

  • Pregnant women without Medical Assistance can get help through Best Beginnings.
  • Infants and young children at high risk of developmental problems can receive home visits and support though the Infants and Toddlers program.
  • The Health Department offers some vaccinations and vaccine information for children, and works with Carroll County Public Schools to provide other health services such as vision and hearing screening.
  • The WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children) provides low-income pregnant and breast-feeding women and children up to age 5 with healthy food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support.

Click on the links on the left for more information about each Health Department service.

Newborn baby feet in woman's hands

Newborn Screening or PKU testing screens newborns for over 50 different conditions. Testing is usually done in the hospital 24-48 hours after birth, and two weeks later at the pediatrician’s office. We do not do this test at the Health Department. If your baby’s doctor has given you an order for this test, you may be able to take it to a lab that accepts your child’s health insurance. For more information, visit the Maryland Newborn Metabolic Screening page or call the Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program at 443-681-3916.