Community Health - Family Services
Arrowhead Juvenile Center
Public Health Nurses provide health check-ups, referrals and assistance for youth incarcerated at this Duluth juvenile facility.
Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultant
Babies were born ready to be breastfed. Public Health Nurses specially trained in lactation counseling offer education and support during the prenatal and postpartum period to help mothers get a good start with nursing. If challenges arise, an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is available for one on one consultation at a time and place most convenient for the parents. The new Breastfeeding Peer Helper Program links experienced breastfeeding mothers with mothers who are interested in receiving increased support.
Car Seat Education
Car seats are available for sale at a nominal rate to encourage proper child restraints. Education to review proper installation in the vehicle, as well as how to properly secure the child in the car seat is provided to each person requesting a new car seat. Changes in car seat installation are often required with different vehicles due to the variety of seat belts now used in cars. Contact the Community Health Services department for information on how to install your car seats.
Car Seat Program Brochure
Child Birth Education Classes
Soon-to-be parents come together in a relaxed and fun setting to learn about pregnancy and delivery practices. Health topics covered during the classes include: what to do when labor starts, methods to control discomfort and infant feeding.
Child and Teen Checkup
The Public Health Nurses work with the medical care providers to provide thorough health check-ups for children birth to 21 years of age. Special emphasis is placed on screening for health concerns and education to prevent health problems.
Individual or group setting education sessions are provided on Family Planning methods. Whether you are trying to prevent pregnancy or promote pregnancy, it can be beneficial to you to meet with a Public Health Nurse. Education about birth control methods, good physical health before and during pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and any other concerns you may have are offered.
The Public Health Nursing staff is available to perform a home safety check for families with young children. A limited number of safety items are available free of charge following the home safety check if needed. Instruction on how to properly use equipment will be provided, although the nursing staff cannot actually install the equipment for families.
Life threatening diseases may be prevented for children and adults by being properly immunized. The Public Health Nursing Department provides information and immunization clinics for all age groups.
Maternal Child Health Home Visiting
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are available for individualized visits with parents and their baby at any time during pregnancy or throughout the infant’s first year of life. PHNs offer assistance with many health topics which may include childbirth education, nutrition, breastfeeding and infant feeding, growth & development, well baby care, parenting techniques, home safety evaluations and much more.
Nurse Family Partnership
PHNs partner with families to help them reach their goals of a healthy pregnancy, birth and parenting experience. Families may enroll in the Nurse Family Partnership program any time before their 28th week of pregnancy and may continue working with a PHN until the child’s 2nd birthday. Topics covered may include personal health, infant health, positive parenting, home safety, utilizing community resources, individualized goal setting and much more.
Community Nutrition Educator
The Community Nutrition Educator will assist families by providing basic nutrition education, including improving dietary quality, food security, food safety and shopping behaviors.
Children do not come with an instruction book and parenting can be challenging. Public Health Nursing Staff can meet with parents to provide age specific parenting education, explain developmental stages that children go through and discuss alternative ways to discipline your child.
Food supplements are given to pregnant or breastfeeding women and their children, depending on health need. The program is designed to promote good health and prevent disease through good nutrition.
Fond du Lac WIC Program