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Contact Information
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034
The Los Angeles Mommy and Baby Follow Up Project (LAMB Follow-Up)

About LAMB Follow-Up

The Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Project is a public health surveillance project developed by the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs of Los Angeles County in 2004. The LAMB Project collects countywide population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The LAMB data provides additional information to supplement vital statistics from birth and death certificates, which have been traditionally used to assist state and local maternal, child, and infant health programs in program and policy development.  Since its inception in 2005, the project has helped community programs design strategies with an emphasis on preconception and interconception health to improve birth outcomes.

In 2014, the LAMB Follow-Up re-interviewed mothers who responded to the LAMB survey in 2012 when the index child turns two. The purpose of LAMB Follow-Up is to collect and provide quality and useful data to Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) stakeholders and community partners. It is designed to find out more about the health and early childhood experiences of young children in Los Angeles. The ultimate goal is for each child in Los Angeles County be provided equal opportunity to develop a strong foundation that will prepare them for personal growth across the rest of their lives.  


  • Expand existing maternal and child Health surveillance system in Los Angeles County;
  • Provide a comprehensive longitudinal data on social determinant, health and wellbeing of mothers, infants, and toddlers in LA County;
  • Assist in evaluating policies and public health intervention targeting mothers, infants, and toddlers;
  • Advance the understanding of how  child behavior, health care system, and family practices contribute to health of LA County’s  2 yearolds.

Survey Topics

Maternal Health & Well-being

  • Access to Health Care
  • Health Conditions
  • Psychosocial & Health Behavioral Factors

Child Health & Early Childhood Development

  • Access to Health Care
  • Health Conditions since Birth
  • Psychosocial & Health Behavioral Factors
  • Early Childhood Developmental Screening & Services
  • Child Care

Family Capacity

Coordinated Services & Support

Neighborhood & Community

2014 LAMB Follow Up Survey Finding

Contact Information

Dr. Shin Margaret Chao at

Resource Links
First 5 LA Building Strong Families

Interagency Council of Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN)

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) Children's Medical Services

Center for the Study of Social Policy: Ideas Into Action - Protective Factors Framework

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Child Development
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