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.

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Our Collaborative represents Region 8 of Michigan's 10 prosperity regions.

Region 8 Counties:






St. Joseph

Van Buren 

We operate with the support and guidance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and consultants from Michigan Public Health Institute.

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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.



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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

Tuesday, May 11th, 18th and 25th from 3:00 to 4:30PM


Wednesday, June 2nd, 9th and 16th from 4:00 to 5:15PM 


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. 

Take birth and baby classes online for FREE! 

On your own time and at your own pace.


The Southwest Michigan Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (SWMPQIC) is providing online childbirth and baby classes using the Injoy curriculum. This is free, all you have to do is follow these steps!

  1. Go to www.injoyonline.com

  2. Click on the green “CREATE ACCOUNT” button

  3. Set up your account by entering your first name, last name, and email address

  4. Create a password

  5. Enter the password you created to confirm

  6. Enter access redemption code “bchdaioecen” for English or “bchdubecsp” for Spanish (this code is a one-time use)

  7. Check box next to “I Agree to the Terms & Conditions”

  8. Click COMPLETE button

  9. Bookmark www.injoyonline.com for future visits!


The code is a one-time use, so after you have created your account, please use this account and share with your support persons to access the eClasses. You’ll have access to the eClasses for 9 months after your first log in.


Enjoy these eClasses and materials! We hope that they help you and your baby!




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Are you interested in joining the collaborative? To be added to our contact distribution list, please submit an inquiry including your reason for interest. 
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Upcoming Events

  • Quarterly Collaborative Meeting
    Wed, Mar 24
    Quarterly Collaborative Meeting
    Please join us for our quarterly collaborative meeting. We will provide updates on the work that have been doing and have Kama Tai Michell and Erica Guthaus from Rootead and Red Birth Green to lead a birth equity workshop. http://www.bit.ly/SWMPQICMarchCollaborativeMeeting (copy link to browser)


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The latest updates on Maternal and Infant health from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


(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. 


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.

For more resources from the ACOG, visit www.acog.org and from SAMHSA at www.samhsa.gov.


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.


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. 

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