Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health Division works to improve the health of women, infants, and children throughout the City of Brownsville.  Programs are targeted toward improving overall health and wellness, beginning with pregnancy and extending beyond childhood.  

The City of Brownsville serves a binational population by providing resources, information, and data on breastfeeding, nutrition, and physical activity.

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Texas and the CDC have long recognized breastfeeding as the most nutritious form of food for an infant. Breastfeeding allows mother and baby to bond and imparts both short-term and long-term health benefits to both mother and child.  The City of Brownsville Public Health Department empowers all families by providing resources and information about breastfeeding.



Becoming a parent is a wonderful and demanding experience.  The city of Brownsville’s Public Health Department understands that parents have questions and aren’t always sure about the correct actions to take during different stages of their child’s life.  The Public Health Department is here to provide information and resources on parenting.

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Mother Friendly Workplace

Mother-Friendly Worksite is an initiative of the state of Texas to promote and support breastfeeding for our working mothers.  The initiative allows for the designation of worksite as a Mother-Friendly Worksite if they meet the Texas standards for designation.  A designated Mother-Friendly Worksite sends the message that our mothers, families, and infants deserve the best nutrition possible and that their place of employment recognizes and supports that goal.

How to Become Designated

Designated Worksites



Proper nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and begins in the womb.  The city of Brownsville’s Public Health Department is here to help decode the mystery and provide residents with information on healthy nutrition.

Eating Healthy During Your Pregnancy

What To Eat During Your Pregnancy

Nutritional Needs During Your Pregnancy 

Maternal Diet

Nutrition While Breastfeeding

Food Resource Map

Brownsville Baby Bumps Video Library