An individual’s ability to access family planning, which allows them to choose whether and when to have children, has a direct impact on their health and well-being, as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning is achieved using birth control and the treatment of involuntary infertility.
Through good nutrition, WIC helps ensure optimal health outcomes for pregnant people, new parents, and families with infants and young children.
The goal of WIC Data and Reports is to provide information, data and research related to our WIC families. Here are the latest reports, collaborations and publications from the Vermont WIC program to help local WIC agencies and our program partners understand the impact of WIC and to make data informed program decisions.
Find helpful information and resources to support individuals who are breastfeeding and their families.
Vermont’s strategic plan for maternal and child health represents key priorities for the next several years. While this is not a comprehensive list of all of our programs, it addresses program areas where we hope to expand and measures of health that we seek to improve. The Maternal and Child Health strategic plan is aligned with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant framework.
WIC is a nutrition program for you and your growing family. WIC includes nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods and health care referrals.
If you are trying to become pregnant or are just thinking about it, it is never too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Start your prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant. Getting regular checkups with your health care provider will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. If you need help finding a health care provider, call your Local Health Office. The WIC Program is here to help you during your pregnancy – find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.
Thinking Ahead about Breastfeeding
We partner with the Department for Children and Families Child Development Division to deliver a comprehensive system of voluntary home visiting in Vermont. While there can be some variation regarding eligibility or length of service, all home visiting includes trained professionals – nurses, social workers, child development specialists and more – who meet regularly with expectant parents or caregivers with young children in their homes. Home visitors partner with parents and caregivers to tailor services and resources to best meet the unique needs of each family.
Core funding for Vermont’s Maternal and Child Health division comes from the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).