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Planning For Healthy Babies

Welcome to the Planning for Healthy Babies® program, Georgia's family planning demonstration waiver created by the Georgia Department of Community Health DCH). This program was developed to assist the Department in reducing the number of low birth weight (LBW) and very low birth weight (VLBW) births in Georgia. LBW is defined as babies born weighing less than 2500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) and VLBW is the category of babies born weighing less than 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces).

If you or somebody you know is interested in participating in Planning for Healthy Babies, visit

New Information - DCH Announces Application for the Extension of P4HB®

DCH is applying for an extension for P4HB®. The Application for Extension of P4HB is posted here for reading and consideration, and  DCH will be holding a Public Comment session at a time to be announced shortly.

Did you know Georgia ranks 38th in the nation in the number of LBW births? The P4HB® program is one of the strategies included under DCH's Improving Low Birth Weight Rate Initiative, which seeks to substantially reduce Georgia's LBW rate over the next five years. The P4HB program will fill a critical gap in health care for underinsured and uninsured Georgians by expanding Medicaid eligibility to women who qualify for family planning services. In addition to family planning services, women who give birth to a VLBW baby will have access to additional services including primary care and care management.

P4HB Publications

Additional P4HB Resources

The following links provide additional information about the P4HB program.

Maternal and Child Health Resources

National Resources for Mothers and Infants