Maternal and Infant Health

Maternal and Infant Health

Covid-19 Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Resources:

COVID-19 Guidance for Tribal DV Programs and Shelters – National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Resources for Tribal DV Coalitions, Programs and Advocates – NIWRC
DOH Iterim Guidance for Perinatal Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic
CDC Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information
WHO Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
Final 11×17 COVID-19 Pregnancy birth and caring for your baby
Final 8.5×11 COVID-19 Pregnancy birth and caring for your baby
The National WIC Association launched a webpage titled “WIC & Health Resources for Native Peoples” in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The webpage includes information from WIC agencies, COVID-19 resources, and breastfeeding information.

Upcoming Trainings/Webinars:

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New Prevention Webinar Series: Prevention In These Times (WEBSITE)

The Role and Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Individuals

RESCUE Webinar: Tailoring Prevention Messages to Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Doula Pandemic Training: Free training for doulas. Thank you to Kate Dewey, Camie Goldhammer, and Jane Drichta for working so hard on creating the content and making it free!!

Free UW and PSW Perinatal Mental Health Training

The University of Washington is collaborating with Perinatal Support of Washington to offer a free perinatal mental health training to any provider who cares for pregnant and postpartum patients. There will also be a virtual option.

  • When? June 10 & 11, 2020, 9:00am – 5:15pm (prescriber CME breakout session: June 10, 2020 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm)
  • Where? Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey, WA. The prescriber CME breakout session (June 10 from 12-5) will be virtually available if needed.
  • Who can attend? This training is open to anyone who cares for pregnant or postpartum patients (included but not limited to: nurses, physicians, community health workers, IBCLCs, counselors, public health employees, pharmacists, and other primary care and mental health providers). FLYER
  • How do I register?

Of note, we are seeing a worsening of anxiety (new anxiety and worsened preexisting mental health conditions) related to COVID-19 among many birthing parents. We invite you to reach out to our perinatal mental health consultation line (available weekdays 9:00-5:00pm at 877-725-4666) if you have any questions around your patient’s mental health in this difficult time. FLYER


Recent News:

MMRP Maternal Death Report 2014-2016
Panel recommends home visits, community trust efforts to reduce infant mortality (Click to read article)

Maternal-Infant Health Workgroup

The Maternal-Infant Health workgroup is made up of participants from tribes, urban programs and partners. The MIH Workgroup meets quarterly and the meetings are determined via doodle poll. The overall purpose of the group is to improve maternal and infant health among American Indian and Alaska Natives in Washington state. The group also serves as an advisory board for various initiatives and programs working with Maternal Infant health in the state. The goal is to have tribally driven input and solutions to improve the MIH disparities in our communities and our state.


Report and Final Recommendations 2020

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Past trainings

NEAR Self Leadership Level 1, 6 weeks beginning February 27, 2019 from 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM PST 

Pregnancy and Beyond Flyer: Opioid-use Disorder Conference



Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care
Learn how to improve your quality of care by understanding, respecting, and responding to a patient’s experiences, values, and beliefs. 

AIHC Materials:

Maternal-Infant Health Strategic Plan (click here)
Maternal-Infant Health Plan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (click here)
AIHC Resolution Establishing Support for Breastfeeding

Other Resources:


Help Me Grow
Vroom: Free Brain Building Activities
First Kids 1st: Every Child is Sacred
First Steps – Maternity and Infant Care (Maternity Support Services)
Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)
SAMHSA Women, Children & Families

Reports/Flyers (PDF)

A birth plan during coronavirus: I am grateful for all my options, including doulas

Partnership Access Line (PAL) line for Moms
Substance Free for My Baby (pdf)
Infant Mortality Reduction Report
Healthy Pregnancy Advisory Committee Report on Strategies for Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (pdf resource list)
DEL Nutrition & Physical Activity Trainings, Toolkits & Resources (link to resource website)
Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospitals (link to DOH resource site)
Breastfeeding-Friendly Birth Centers (link to DOH resource site)
Pre-Pregnancy Care — AIHC Works With Washington State Hospital Association and Others to Develop Best Practice Recommendations (pdf)
Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding in Health Care Settings – Online Training
CDC’s Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers (link to resource website)
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Women
Infant Toddler Consultant Self-Assessment Tool

The Infant Toddler Consultant Self-Assessment Tool (Self-Assessment Tool) is designed for consultants from all disciplines (health, mental health, education, social services, etc.) who work in any setting that provides services to infants, toddlers, and their families, or who provide support to individuals working in these settings. The primary purpose of this tool is for consultants to assess their own level of proficiency with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to support early childhood programs that serve infants and toddlers. This self-assessment tool is a companion to A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and their Families: Core Knowledge, Competencies, and Dispositions (CKC Guide) previously developed in Region I. Both the CKC Guide and this self-assessment tool were developed by Region I workgroups composed of representatives from all six New England States, national technical assistance providers, and staff from the Region I Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start.

Childhood Trauma in Indian Country (Link to IHS Webinars)
Text4baby Expands To Deliver Text Message Health Information for Dads and Dads-to-Be
UIHI Native Generations Campaign-Increased Awareness of Infant Mortality: Maternal and Infant Health Video
Resource for Moms Who Have Had a Pre-Term Birth:  Wait One Year
Seattle Children’s Pediatric and Neonatal Resources
NICHQ (National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality) Breastfeeding Support Website
Resources to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (link to HHS site)
Washington State Infant Mortality Data 



As a Parent – Three Conversations to Have With Your Child This Year (link to article)
Native Children’s Policy Agenda: Putting First Kids 1st (pdf)