Babies Born Healthy Program

How to Apply

Call 240-777-3118 to apply.

Documents To Bring

Medicaid Insurance Card


Eligibility Requirements

  • Montgomery County resident
  • African American woman
  • Pregnant
  • Live in zip codes 20903, 20904 and 20906 
  • Medical Assistance (Medicaid) recipient
  • Women in other zip codes MAY be accepted on a case by case basis

Fees and Payments

There is no charge for eligible county residents.


1.   How can the Babies Born Healthy Program (BBHP) help pregnant women?
The BBHP provides care coordination services to help at risk pregnant women stay healthy through their pregnancies and connect them with resources. Services include: prenatal education, screenaing for depression, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and environmental safety. The program ensures that mom is going to prenatal care and that she is following the advice of her prenatal care provider.  We provide intensive education on:

  • preventing preterm labor
  • the harmful effects of smoking, and using drugs and alcohol
  • the harmful effects of intimate partner violence
  •  safe sleep for newborns
  • the importance of breastfeeding 
  • the importance of family planning and child spacing (time between pregnancies)   

2.  What am I eligible for if I participate in the BBH program?

The BBH program can provide a safe sleep environment (Pack 'n Play), diapers, transportation to prenatal appointments, car seats and other items for your newborn as needed.  

3.  What is the difference between the Babies Born Healthy program and the SMILE program?

Both the Babies Born Healthy and the SMILE program focus on preventing infant mortality.  The Babies Born Healthy program targets African American pregnant women who Maryland Medicaid recipients, living in zip codes 20903, 20904 and 20906.  These zip codes are targeted because they are areas where there is the highest risk for poor birth outcomes including low birth weight, premature births, infant mortality and maternal morbidity and mortality.  This risk is based on health data that shows the highest rates for poor birth outcomes of any area in Montgomery County.

The SMILE program targets African American women, regardless of insurance coverage, living anywhere in Montgomery County.

4.  Why are African American women the target population for the Babies Born Healthy program?

African American women are the highest risk for maternal mortality and morbidly.
African American babies die twice as likely before their first birthday. We are trying to ensure healthy outcomes and to reduce the disparities. 


Additional Information

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