Better Birth Outcomes Program


Healthy Babies Begin within a Healthy Mom

Clients are referred to our agency by other social service agencies,
physician offices, and other departments within the Winnebago County Health Department.

Qualifying Risk Factors

  • Alcohol or other substance abuse continuing during pregnancy
  • Tobacco use continuing during pregnancy
  • Previous pre-term birth, stillbirth, 2 or more miscarriages
  • Weight less than 100 lbs pre-pregnancy or during pregnancy
  • More than 4th pregnancy or third child expected within 40 months
  • Diseases that affect pregnancy (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, etc)
  • Pre-pregnancy BMI equal to or greater than 30
  • Age 40 years or more at time of conception 
  • HIV positive or repeated STD infections
  • The current pregnancy is multi-fetus 
  • Victim of Domestic Violence
  • DSM-V Classification
  • Under the age of 15
  • Homeless or in temporary housing
  • Previous Incarceration or currently under house arrest
  • Current or previous child in DCFS custody 
  • Low educational attainment

Program Overview

Provides prenatal health education, linkeage to and coordination of care with primary and specialty medical care and other social services, referrals to childbirth education and parenting classes, access to contraceptive services and overall care coordination to pregnant women with risk factors that lead to poor birth outcomes.  Through administration of standardized risk assessment tools, prenatal risk can include:  previous pre-term birth, alcohol and/or substance abuse during pregnancy, diseases that affect pregnancy, homelessness, low educational attainment, and domestic violence. The risk assessment tool is used by care coordinators to develop and implement an individualized care plans to enrolled pregnant women. 

Goals of the program are to:  1) Decrease the incidence of infant mortality and morbidity resulting from lack of adequate prenatal care; 2) Improve pregnancy outcomes; and 3) Reduce the incidence of prematurity and low birth weight.



555 North Court Street

RockfordIL 61103

Mailing Address:

401 Division Street

P.O. Box 4009

Rockford IL 61110-0509


Free to mothers that meet program requirements

How do I get services?

Clients are referred to our agency by other agencies, physician offices, and other departments within the Winnebago County Health Department.