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

Parents of Newborn Children

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 Jan. 2016) (454KB PDF)  

          Spanish (Revised Feb 2016) (6166K PDF) 

Or you may order it directly through the HHSC Warehouse at or call them at (512) 250-7162 for assistance with your order. This publication is in stock.

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Issues Statement on Pregnancy Health and COVID-19

On Sept. 29, 2021, the CDC issued a health advisory recommending that people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including people breastfeeding), who are trying to become pregnant or who might become pregnant in the future, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In August 2021, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all people age 12 and older, including people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.  The CDC strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious illness, deaths and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The benefits for mom and baby of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination before, during or after pregnancy.

Despite this CDC recommendation and evidence indicating that COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective during pregnancy, currently only 31% of pregnant people overall are fully vaccinated prior to or during pregnancy. That percentage drops to 25% for Hispanic or Latino pregnant people and 15.6% for pregnant non-Hispanic Black women, revealing persistent health disparities.

Find where to get vaccinated near you on the federal Vaccine Finder website. Learn more about pregnancy and COVID-19 on the DSHS coronavirus webpage

Additionally, the general public and health care providers can access the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded resource, MotherToBaby, via chat, text, phone, and email to receive up-to-date, evidence-based information on the effects of COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 

    Download the COVID-19 and Pregnancy Poster

    The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) TexasAIM program developed a free poster in English and Spanish to encourage pregnant people, people who are breastfeeding and people trying to get pregnant now or in the future, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Download the posters by clicking the links below. These posters can be put in hospitals, clinics or other places where families visit.

    Soon you can order printed copies of the 17 X 24 posters from the DSHS print shop. DSHS will update this webpage when that option become available. 

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and help to protect mothers and babies. There is no evidence of miscarriages, stillbirths, or preterm births linked to COVID-19 vaccines. We need your help to encourage this population to get vaccinated. Together we can help protect Texas mothers, mothers-to-be and babies against COVID-19. More COVID-19 vaccine information is available on the DSHS coronavirus webpage.

    For more information, please contact us at: 
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Maternal & Child Health
    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    (512) 776-7373: Phone
    (512) 458-7658: Fax 


    Last updated March 14, 2022