Consistent and correct use of condoms reduces the risk of STDs and HIV transmission. Your personal supply of free condoms are available at 28 locations throughout Vermont.
People typically get sick with listeriosis by eating food that is contaminated with the bacteria.
Exposure to hazards in the physical environment—secondhand smoke, lead, mercury, air pollution, pesticides, and other toxins—may increase the likelihood of poor reproductive health outcomes.
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
The Division of Maternal and Child Health is committed to health and well-being before, during and after pregnancy.
An individual’s ability to access family planning, which allows them to choose whether and when to have children, has a direct impact on ther health and well-being, as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.