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Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

(989) 895-4004

The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a home visiting service provided by a Registered Nurse and Licensed Social Worker. It is for all pregnant women and infants with Medicaid. The goal of MIHP is healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes and healthy infants. MIHP is a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services program.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently providing home visits, office visits, and telehealth services via phone call or video chat.

MIHP home visitors are experienced health professionals who can:

  • Help you get transportation to medical appointments and WIC, if needed
  • Help you get prenatal care
  • Answer questions about being pregnant
  • Answer questions about caring for your infant
  • Help you get food or a place to live
  • Help you learn about fixing and eating healthy foods
  • Help with changes that you decide to make to be healthy. These changes could include quitting or cutting down on smoking, alcohol or drugs.
  • Help with health problems that could affect your pregnancy. These problems include diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression or anxiety.
  • Help if you are concerned about family violence
  • Answer Questions about family planning (birth control)
  • Connect you with community services. These services include childbirth education classes and baby pantries that give out items for free.
  • Be there for you if problems come up

For more information, visit the State of Michigan MIHP site.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Community Connections

Childbirth Class Series or Saturday Cram Session

Expectant mothers and their support person(s) can attend these classes at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. Available to expectant mothers and their support person. Classes provide key information about pregnancy, natural and caesarean birth, postpartum, and baby care. Labor coping skills such as breathing, relaxation, positive positioning and specific types of massage are practiced. Consider attending one of these classes whether this is first baby, or you need a refresher. Register online or by phone.

Sibling prep class, Boot Camp for New Dads and Breastfeeding Classes are also available.

Services: Expectant mothers and their support person(s)
Agency: McLaren Bay Region
Phone: 989-894-3935

Life Clinic

Services: Help for expectant mothers and their support person, free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, counseling and assistance obtaining baby items.
Address: 2360 Midland Rd., Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-992-5433


Resources & Education Materials

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Education & Information for Parents


Michigan Maternal and Child Health Local and State Reports