A Division of the Georgia Department of Community Health

Planning For Healthy Babies

Welcome to the Planning for Healthy Babies® (P4HB) 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).  In 2010, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) implemented the country’s first CHIPRA Premium Assistance Program.

Did you know Georgia ranks 46th 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 significantly reduce Georgia's LBW rate. 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.

Applications can be completed via https://gateway.ga.gov.

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