Pregnancy and Parenting Programs


Olmsted County Public Health Services provides individual visits, classes and groups in the home, clinic and community setting to families who are pregnant or have infants and preschool children.  Information, support and referral to community resources is provided by the public health nurse in the following programs:

New Baby Visits

Public Health Nurses make home visits within a few days of baby arriving home from the hospital.  Nurses provide information about caring for an infant and new mother, as well as support for new parents. We can assist with questions about breast or bottle feeding, baby care and infant development, and mom’s recovery. New baby visits are available to all parents living in Olmsted County.

Family Home Visiting Programs

All our family home visiting programs provide parent support, promote an enjoyable parent-child relationship, and encourage the healthy social-emotional and physical development of the child. Ongoing parenting information and support is provided through home visits by a public health nurse. Contact us for more information and for eligibility requirements.

Bright Futures is a teen pregnancy and parenting support program.  Teens may work with a public health nurse and/or social worker.  
Bright Futures brochure  (PDF 1.17 MB)

Bright Futures Brochure (508 Compliant PDF 20 KB)


Baby Steps is a parenting support program for first time parents. Families are enrolled either during pregnancy or within 3 months of the baby’s birth. Visits are provided by a public health nurse and a social worker until the child turns 24 - 36 months old. Monthly family group activities are provided.      

Steps to Success is a program for families who are expecting their second or third child and that child is under 3 months of age and their other children are under the age of five. Visits are provided by a public health nurse and a social worker until their youngest child turns 24 -36 months old.  
    Steps to Success brochure (508 compliant PDF 710 KB)

Pregnancy and Parenting Connections is a pregnancy and parenting support program. Families are enrolled during pregnancy and/or when parenting a child birth to five years.

Watch the video below to view actual nurse home visits.

Family Planning

Public Health nurses provide birth control education and counseling, preconception education, and pregnancy testing.  Information can be given during regularly scheduled home visits or over the phone. There is a nurse on intake at the health department every day who is available to meet with you on a one-on-one basis and provide condoms and foam.  
    Birth Control Methods Brochure (PDF 2 MB)