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Maternal Child Health

Healthy Moms, Babies and Families

The Maternal Child Health Program at Denver Public Health is dedicated to meeting the ongoing and changing needs of all mothers, fathers, infants and children in Denver.

What are we doing?

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Preventing Infant Death and Promoting Safe Sleep

One of the best ways to determine the health and well-being of our community is to guarantee the health of babies in their first year of life. Many factors influence this, including the health of the mother, the father and the overall well-being of the community in which they live. 

We are focused on saving babies because everyone deserves a first birthday!

Safe Sleep for Babies 

Where your baby sleeps is something you will think about many times a day.

In the United States, about 3,500 babies die each year due to unsafe sleep. In Denver, babies born to black women are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white (non-Hispanic) women. Infants born to Hispanic women are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white (non-Hispanic) women.

Learn more about making sure all babies are able to celebrate their first birthday, and see tips on keeping your baby safe while they are sleeping:

Preventing Premature Birth:

Every year, about 400 babies are born too early (before 37 weeks) in Colorado. Babies that are born before 37 weeks make up about 38% of all infant deaths. To help your baby not be born too early:

Ask Your Doctor/Health Care Provider:

  • About always sharing the room, but never sharing the bed, couch or chair for sleep with the baby.
  • About always putting your baby to sleep on his/her back.
  • The option to have group prenatal care so you can be supported with other moms.
  • If you are at risk for preterm/premature birth.

You could be at risk for preterm/premature birth if:

  • You were a premature baby.
  • You have had a premature baby before.
  • You have a "short" cervix (the top of the birth canal).


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Kellie Teter

Maternal Child Health Manager


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