Parents and caregivers are the most important people to support and promote a child’s health and wellness. It is a tough job, and sometimes you need some support to do it. Find resources below.
The first step in having a healthy baby is taking care of mom’s health before, during and after pregnancy. Get more information about critical health issues for moms. Are you a first-time pregnant person interested in support from a nurse? Check out our Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
Many people struggle to adjust to pregnancy and parenting and some parents experience depression and anxiety. Without support and treatment, distressing feelings can affect how you respond to and bond with your child.
Fortunately, help is available - from family, peers and providers – to prevent, identify and treat depression and anxiety.
The Whatcom Perinatal Mental Health Task Force provides information on resources, referrals, and support for both local families and the providers who care for them from pregnancy to parenthood.
If you need immediate support, call or text the Washington Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 4 for Native and Strong Lifeline. You can also chat with someone at imhurting.org.
Or, call Perinatal Support Washington's Warm Line at 1-888-404-7763. Trained staff and parent volunteers are available to answer calls live between 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. On evenings and weekends, calls will be returned within 12 hours.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mom and baby. While mothers often find it rewarding and convenient, it can be challenging in the beginning.
These resources can help you get off to a good start breastfeeding your baby and answer common questions.
Your child’s health is the foundation of all their growth and development. These resources provide great information about key areas of child health and development.
If you have a concern about your child’s development, talk to your primary care provider or call the Single Entry Access to Services (SEAS) line at 360-715-7485.