Member eligibility renewals are happening. Members - find out what to do to keep your insurance.
Call us or your county worker when you have your baby to make sure your baby has health insurance.
Don’t forget to schedule YOUR postpartum checkup 4-6 weeks after delivery.
Breastfeeding is the best food for your new baby. Breast milk is easier for babies to digest than formula. Breast milk also helps protect your new baby from infections and other illnesses or allergies. Experts recommend breastfeeding for at least 12 months. However, any length of time will benefit your baby. Continue to eat healthy while breastfeeding.
Eligible members can get a free breast pump from our vendor Everyday Miracles. Visit everyday-miracles.org/requests and have your Hennepin Health insurance information ready. Talk with your doctor about how soon you should start to pump breast milk. If you have trouble breastfeeding, talk with your doctor or call Hennepin County WIC at 612-348-6100 or 800-WIC-4039, TTY 800-627-3529.
Soon after birth, your baby will be screened to see if they are at risk for rare, hidden disorders through the Newborn Screening Program. This program, run by the state together with hospitals and medical professionals, screens for more than 60 disorders. Newborn screening consists of three simple tests: blood spot screening, hearing screening and pulse oximetry screening.
When identified early, interventions, medications or changes in diet can help prevent most health problems caused by disorders on the newborn screening panel. Watch a short video on the newborn screening process and read more information at Newborn Screening Program Information: About Newborn Screening - MN Dept. of Health.
Your baby will need frequent checkups (well-baby visits) to make sure they are growing well. The doctor or nurse will:
You can earn gift cards for baby checkups and early childhood immunizations through our rewards program. Go to our Rewards program page.
Parents, families and caregivers should follow safe sleep practices every time a baby sleeps or naps. This is done by placing babies on their backs in a smoke-free environment in a safety-approved crib free of blankets, pillows, bumper pads, stuffed animals and toys.
Find answers to your questions about safe sleep, including swaddling and sleep sacks, at Safe Sleep Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
- Giving over-the-counter medicines to children
- Healthy habits for kids
- Thumb sucking: Helping your child stop
- Toilet training
DHS approved 8/29/23; MC-1499-MC
612-596-1036, TTY 711