Vision: Women and infants throughout Southwest Michigan will have access to quality, coordinated health services regardless of their race or income.
Mission: Facilitate authentic collective impact and community focused strategy by connecting families and partners in Southwest Michigan to drive systems change in maternal and infant health.
If you missed the March 9th meeting and would like to view the panel, you can view the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UcTzkmLe2Q
Our Collaborative represents Region 8 of Michigan's 10 prosperity regions.
Region 8 Counties:
We operate with the support and guidance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and consultants from Michigan Public Health Institute.
SAFE INFANT SLEEP
The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
The term "SIDS" may sound scary, and the death of a baby is always heartbreaking. But there are a number of ways you can lower his or her risk while giving your baby the best care possible.
Learning about SIDS and safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, not just for parents. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies should learn more. Simple actions can make a big difference.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
What's happening in your community?
FREE Childbirth Education Classes
The virtual childbirth education course is a series of three, 1 hour and 30-minute informational sessions for expecting mothers and their family members. These sessions cover pregnancy, birth, Q&A with the instructor, and more!
Virtual Childbirth Education series will be held on
Wednesday, November 10th, 17th and 24th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM with Dorothy Parker
Monday, December 6th, 13th and 20th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM
with Kristina Ledlow
Saturday, January 15th, 22nd and 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM with Erica Guthaus
Wednesday, February 9th, 16th and 23rd from 4:00 to 5:30 PM
with Dorothy Parker
Saturday, March 12th, 19th and 26th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
with Erica Guthaus
(Choose one series to attend)
As a thank you for participating in all 3 sessions in your series & completing a feedback survey you will be mailed a $75 VISA gift card!
Spots are limited so register today!
This course is available to pregnant mothers who live in Berrein, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties and is a best fit for women in their third trimester.
FREE Breastfeeding Education Classes
Come join Bianca Nash-Miot, certified lactation consultant and doula, to learn the essentials of breastfeeding.
This 2-hour class will cover:
how breastfeeding works
how to breastfeed
when to feed your baby
getting enough milk
breast care, and the breastfeeding lifestyle.
Thursday, April 7th 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 5th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, May 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 26th 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Thursday, June 2nd 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, June 12th 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, June 30th 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Thursday, July 7th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 17th 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 11th, 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 27th 2:00 - 4:00PM
As a thank you for participating & completing a feedback survey you will be mailed a $25 VISA gift card!
Spots are limited so register today!
This course is available to pregnant mothers who live in Berrein, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties and is a best fit for pregnant women who intend to breastfeed, and women who are currently breastfeeding their newborn.
STATE UPDATES & INFORMATION
The latest updates on Maternal and Infant health from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
THE ABEST PROJECT
(ABEST) Achieving Birth Equity through Systems Transformation
The goal of this work is to address the root causes of racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality by developing systems change strategies that shift relationships, power, mental models, and narratives that will drive sustained change.
MARIJUANA AND PREGNANCY
Learn more about the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy by viewing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) FAQ on the topic. An infographic on marijuana and pregnancy is also available. You can find additional information regarding marijuana use during pregnancy on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Know the Risks of Marijuana site.
BREASTFEEDING AND SAFE SLEEP BULLETIN BOARD KITS
Last summer, in recognition of National Breastfeeding Month in August and Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in September, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services distributed bulletin board kits to increase client education and awareness on safe sleep and the protective factor of breastfeeding. The bulletin board is titled Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep: Both Work Together to Keep Your Baby Safe and Healthy!
We may have an additional, limited supply of printed copies of the bulletin board kits available. If you would be interested in receiving a printed copy of the kit, please email the Infant Safe Sleep Program at MDHHS-InfantSafeSleep@michigan.gov. Electronic copies of the kits are also available online in English, Arabic and Spanish.
SAFE INFANT SLEEP
Follow these tips for safe sleep during every nap and night-time routine:
Place your baby on their back, in a crib, bassinet or pack-n-play for every sleep time.
Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.
Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys.
Avoid covering baby’s head or overheating. Instead of a blanket, consider using a sleep sack, wearable blanket or footed sleeper to keep baby warm.
Remind everyone who cares for your baby, including babysitters and family members, how to keep baby safe while sleeping.