Family Planning & Pregnancy

Family planning is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. A priority of the Vermont Department of Health is to increase the percent of pregnancies that are healthy and planned. The Division of Maternal and Child Health supports programs and initiatives that strengthen the family planning system in Vermont. 

Family planning helps individuals prevent unplanned pregnancy or achieve intended pregnancy. Family planning empowers individuals to exercise personal choice in the number and spacing of children they have – even if the choice is not to have children. Family planning contributes to improved health outcomes for infants, children, women and families.  

Pregnancy: Before, During and After

Having a healthy pregnancy is important to overall health and to the health of babies and children. The Division of Maternal and Child Health is committed to health and well-being before, during and after pregnancy. This is achieved through promoting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant – also called preconception health connecting women to information and resources to stay healthy during pregnancy, and ensuring women, children and families have access to resources and programs after pregnancy that support the health of mothers and families, encourage positive parenting, and healthy child development.

In This Section

A woman’s ability to access family planning, which allows her to choose whether and when to have children, has a direct impact on her health and well-being, as well as on the outcome of each pregna

If you are trying to become pregnant or are just thinking about it, it is never too early to start getting ready for pregnancy.

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.

As many as one in five women suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety before, during, or after pregnancy, making this one of the most common complications of pregnancy.

The Division of Maternal and Child Health is committed to health and well-being before, during and after pregnancy.