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Resource Library:

Gathered Tools for Providers

Beyond the tools and resources that the MHN has developed specifically for its membership in San Bernardino County, the Network has gathered other publicly available resources to help providers in optimal service delivery for families accessing the maternal health system. 

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Browse the Resource Library for Assessments, Tip Sheets, Toolkits and More! 

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Addressing Mental Health in
BIPOC Communities: Key Cultural
Considerations for MCH Webinar Slides (04.08.21)

Presnted by Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). This webinar aims to increase understanding of the cultural context for mental health programming and service delivery in underserved communities as well as identify a strategy for addressing mental health in underserved communities.

Topic(s):

Mental Health, Indigenous populations, Black/African American Families

Resource Type:

Presentation Slides, Training/Webinar

Advancing Racial Equity Discussion Guide

This guide is to be used in conjunction with viewing the webinar series and includes a webinar summary, pre- and post-webinar questions, an activity and resources for each webinar in the series. Primarily designed for public health students and professionals, this guide can be used by anyone interested in having meaningful discussions about racism and racial equity.

Topic(s):

Bias & Racism

Resource Type:

Training/Webinar, Guide

American College of Surgeon's (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence Toolkit

The American College of Surgeon's (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Toolkit has been developed for ACS members and includes information on the risks of IPV, and how to recognize IPV in your colleagues, patients, and yourself. It also includes information on how to determine if one is in danger and how to plan for safety, what the current laws are around IPV, and how to get help. This toolkit will continue to be enhanced with additional resources added over time.

Topic(s):

Domestic violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Baby Safety Month Toolkit

Several tools from the Juvenile Producs Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to help your organization spread the word using different strategies. Rather than choosing to focus energy and resources on one or the other, they recommend using a combination to connect with stakeholders, customers and parents to further the message.

Topic(s):

Baby Safety

Resource Type:

Website

Benefits of Healthy Birth Spacing

Benefits of birth spacing list compiled by Contra Costa County Health.

Topic(s):

Birth Spacing

Resource Type:

Website

Black Community Education Toolkit - COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative

Many Black families and individuals have concerns and questions about COVID vaccinations. The AD Council COVID collaborative have created a toolkit to make it easy to educate your community members about COVID-19 vaccines.

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, COVID-19

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Black Maternal Health Equity Campaign Social Media Toolkit

The Perinatal Equity Initiatives (PEI) of Riverside and San Bernardino counties have partnered to launch a maternal health equity campaign to increase awareness of the growing number of maternal and infant mortality in the Black community.


The campaign’s theme is Rallying Around Sisters: Redefining and Strengthening the Village, intentionally chosen to highlight the importance of community in combating the alarming statistics related to Black maternal and infant mortality.

Topic(s):

Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

Resource Type:

Social Media Toolkit, Toolkit

Black Women, Birthing People, and Maternal Mental Health Fact Sheet

Almost 40% of Black mothers and birthing people experience MMH conditions. Compared to white women, Black women are twice as likely to experience MMH conditions but half as likely to receive treatment. This Fact Sheet discusses how social determinants of health impact Black people, includes information about Black-women led organizations addressing maternal health, and identifies barriers to care as well as strategies to overcome these barriers.

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, Mental Health, Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

Resource Type:

Fact Sheet

BreastfeedLA: Breastfeeding and Lactation Advocacy 101 Toolkit

Created by BreastfeedLA, this Breastfeeding and Lactation Advocacy toolkit has several goals: 

  • To be a resource for breastfeeding advocates so that they can better serve breastfeeding and  lactating parents and families;

  • To educate parents and families about their rights and how to advocate for themselves; 

  • To serve as a resource for employers and community organizations who employ lactating parents and individuals; 

  • To serve as a resource for policy makers to enact policies that better serve breastfeeding and lactating individuals and families.

Topic(s):

Patient Rights, Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Building Patient-Provider Trust to Help Patients Navigate a Biased System

Center for Health Care Strategies, October, 2022: This tool aims to help providers better understand the impact of their own bias and to better serve patients and families of color. It also includes a handout for patients and families on preparing for medical appointments, which can support effective engagement with providers.

Topic(s):

Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI), Black/African American Families

Resource Type:

Toolkit

CDC Breastfeeding Tools and Resources

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public’s health.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Website

California Black Birth Justice Agenda: Unifying the Vision for Systemic Change

The California Black Birth Justice Agenda seeks to amplify and uplift coordinated, strategic actions to advance birth justice for Black Californians, and subsequently Californians of all races and ethnicities. This agenda is a tool and a call to action for everyone–including our policymakers, health systems, health insurance plans, community-based organizations, professional associations, and more.

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, Health Equity

Resource Type:

Toolkit, Guide

California Preterm Birth Initiative

The California Preterm Birth Initiative conducts and funds transdisciplinary research across the reproductive life course to probe risk and resilience factors and to identify promising interventions that can turn the curve on the preterm birth epidemic.

Topic(s):

Preterm Birth

Resource Type:

Fact Sheet

Clinical Guidance for treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and their Infants 2018

This clinical guide was by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) and provides comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder. This guide can help healthcare professionals and patients determine the most clinically appropriate action for a particular situation and informs individualized treatment decisions.

Topic(s):

Substance Use

Resource Type:

Guide

Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support: A Blueprint for Communities

This Blueprint, developed with a public health lens, aims to increase local capacity to implement community-driven approaches to support chest/ breastfeeding, centered on the needs of populations disproportionately impacted by structural barriers that leads to low rates of breastfeeding. The goal of this resource is to ensure that chest/breastfeeding support services are continuous, accessible, and coordinated, and that community spaces are consistently supportive of chest/breastfeeding families. It is intended for any local-level organization and individual that interacts with pregnant and postpartum families. This document provides seven recommendations to establish CoC and strengthen the landscape of support for chest/breastfeeding within communities. These recommendations are categorized into two themes: improvements within the community infrastructure and capacity building of the lactation workforce.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Creating Circles of Support

A manual for service providers supporting women's mental health in pregnancy and postpartum.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Guide

Dad’s Toolkit: 0-3 Months

The Genesee County Fatherhood Initiative provides a variety of programs and services for fathers, including parenting classes, support groups, and financial assistance. This toolkit helps support fathers navigate breastfeeding.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation, Fatherhood

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit

The Mental Health Colorado foundation created this toolkit to help families, community advocates, Early Childhood Councils, early childhood professionals, and local leaders work together to assess, identify, prioritize, and fund early childhood mental health supports. Our organization is committed to helping advocates implement mental health strategies to support young children and their families across Colorado. This toolkit will give you an overarching plan for addressing early childhood mental health and promoting strategies in your community. It contains resources and steps you can use to ensure every child has a path to success. 

Topic(s):

Mental Health, Early Childhood

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) - English

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale was developed to screen postpartum women for depression in an outpatient setting. It is a 10 question screen that takes about 3-5 minutes to complete, and is easy to score. The EPDS asks the patient how she has been feeling over the last seven days. It has been validated for use during both pregnancy and the post-partum period. It has been translated into 23 languages.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Assessment, Screening Tool

Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age toolkit

The CMQCC Early Elective Delivery Task Force worked collaboratively with the March of Dimes and the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division, to create the Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age toolkit.

Topic(s):

Labor and Delivery

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Father Friendly Check-Up™

The National Fatherhood Initiative has developed this assessment for providers and organizations to use to assess the father-friendliness of your organization and gain access to strategic planning guides and case studies of how others have used the Father Friendly Check-Up.

Topic(s):

Fatherhood

Resource Type:

Assessment

GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder-7)

This easy-to-use self-administered patient questionnaire is used as a screening tool and severity measure for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Assessment, Screening Tool

Guide for Integrating Mental Health Care into Obstetric Practice

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed a Guide for Integrating Mental Health Care into Obstetric Practice. It provides strategies for operationalizing mental health screening, assessment, treatment, referral, monitoring, and follow-up in obstetric practices.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Website, Guide

Health Connect One: Changing the Narrative: The Doula Medicaid Reimbursement Storybook (2023)

Health Connect One created a storybook that highlights the experiences of doulas and their challenges with reimbursement. The storybook features firsthand accounts from doulas across the United States, detailing their experiences with insurance companies, Medicaid, and other challenges they face in their work.

Topic(s):

Doulas

Resource Type:

Guide

Healthy Relationship Toolkit

The Healthy Relationship Toolkit, explores many of the different types of relationships we have as adults and pays particular attention to intimate partner relationships. The toolkit allows providers an opportunity to explore the onset and impact of abuse within a relationship - exploring both overt abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour. The toolkit goes on to provide the opportunity to discuss consent and how to ask for help if have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Topic(s):

Domestic violence, Healthy relationships

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Toolkit

The Improving Health Care Response to Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) toolkit was developed by the HDP Task Force to support timely recognition and response to maternal hypertension and preeclampsia. This version updates the 2014 California Department of Public Health and CMQCC Preeclampsia Toolkit and contains expanded content to cover all HDP.

Topic(s):

Perinatal Health Conditions, Preeclampsia

Resource Type:

Website, Toolkit

Improving Health Care Response to Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy and Postpartum Toolkit

The Improving Health Care Response to Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy and Postpartum Toolkit was developed by the Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy and Postpartum Task Force as a resource for obstetrics, primary care and emergency medicine providers who interact with women during prenatal care or the postpartum period.

Topic(s):

Postpartum, General Health

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Improving Health Care Response to Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit

The CMQCC OB Hemorrhage Task Force developed the Improving Health Care Response to Obstetric Hemorrhage toolkit to help obstetrical providers, clinical staff, hospitals and healthcare organizations develop methods within their facilities for timely recognition and an organized, swift response to hemorrhage.

Topic(s):

Postpartum

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Improving Health Care Response to Preeclampsia: A California Toolkit to Transform Maternity Care

The primary aim of Improving Health Care Response to Preeclampsia: A California Toolkit to Transform Maternity Care is to guide and support obstetrical providers, clinical staff, hospitals and healthcare organizations to develop methods within their facilities for timely recognition and an organized, swift response to preeclampsia.

Topic(s):

Perinatal Health Conditions

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Improving Hospital Breastfeeding Support Implementation Toolkit

This toolkit contains information about breastfeeding promotion in the inpatient setting, designed to assist health care organizations and hospital teams in planning and implementing performance improvement projects. The approach described in this toolkit can be modified to the specific circumstances and goals for breastfeeding support across a variety of settings. This resource is not intended as a prescriptive manual on how to implement breastfeeding support programs, rather it describes the experience from the perspective of a large health care system and provides tactics and tools to facilitate the process.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Inclusive Communication
Surrounding Childbirth, Lactation,
and Infant Feeding

These PowerPoint slides are part of a breastfeeding curriculum prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Inclusive Communication Surrounding Childbirth, Lactation, and Infant Feeding.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Presentation Slides

Increasing Access, Quality, and Equity in Postpartum Care in Medicaid and CHIP: A Toolkit for State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies

This toolkit provides practical information to help state Medicaid and CHIP agencies maximize the use of existing authorities to increase postpartum care access, quality, and equity for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The toolkit also includes a strategy checklist and suggestions for partnering with Medicaid and CHIP managed care plans (MCPs) to implement QI strategies.


NOTE: Click HERE to read a follow-up piece, CMS’ Toolkit on Postpartum Care Addresses Postpartum Depression – But Misses a Critical Opportunity to Address OB Payment and Peer Support, from the Police Center for Maternal Mental Health.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Toolkit

La salud mental de las mamás es muy importante: Habla sobre la depresión y la ansiedad durante el embarazo y despues del parto

Esta tarjeta postal es parte de la iniciativa “La salud mental de las mamás es muy importante” del Programa Nacional de Educación de Salud Materna e Infantil (NCMHEP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Instituto Nacional de Salud Infantil y Desarrollo Humano. El NCMHEP es una alianza de más de 30 asociaciones, organizaciones y agencias federales dedicadas a la salud materna e infantil. La tarjeta postal ofrece información a las personas que están preocupadas por algún ser querido que podría tener señales de depresión y ansiedad relacionadas con el embarazo.

Topic(s):

Mental Health, Spanish Resources

Resource Type:

Tip Sheet

Learning About Challenges and Helping to Support Breastfeeding (LATCH) Tool

The LATCH Tool was created by the Winter 2022 Healthy Start Breastfeeding Cohort. The tool is designed for lactation counselors, case managers, and others who work with mothers throughout the continuum of care. The tool looks at each phase of the continuum (preconception, pregnancy, birth, fourth trimester, and postpartum/motherhood) and identifies potential risk factors, protective factors, questions to ask, and potential interventions that can be taken to support breastfeeding – with space for notes.

Topic(s):

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Lifeline for Moms Perinatal Mental Health Tool Kit TM

ACOG recognizes the importance of educational tools to help ob-gyns and other women’s health care professionals address perinatal mental health conditions. To this end, ACOG is sharing the Lifeline for Moms Perinatal Mental Health Tool KitTM, developed by the UMass Chan Medical School and reviewed by members of ACOG’s Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group, to provide actionable information, algorithms, and clinical pearls to support detection, assessment, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Website, Toolkit

Minority Mental Health Toolkit: How to Support People Living with Mental Health Conditions

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Join the fight to close equity gaps and raise awareness and support for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) living with mental health conditions. This website is focused on promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma about mental health and advancing Better Mental Health Through Better Understanding for racial and ethnic minority communities.


Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, Indigenous populations, Mental Health

Resource Type:

Website, Toolkit

Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Toolkit

This toolkit introduces best practices to support and improve the quality of care for substance exposed mothers and newborns. Throughout the toolkit, the terms mother or maternal or she or her are used in reference to the birthing person. We recognize not all birthing people identify as mothers or women. We believe all birthing people are equally deserving of patient-centered care that helps them attain their full potential and live authentic, healthy lives.

Topic(s):

Substance Use

Resource Type:

Website, Toolkit

Myth vs. Fact: Safe Sleep for Infants

This fact sheet created by the National Institute for Children's Health Qaulity adresses common myths and facts related to SUID, SIDS, and creating a safe sleep environment from the National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Topic(s):

Baby Safety, Safe Sleep

Resource Type:

Fact Sheet

National Harm Reduction Coalition: Training Guide: Pregnancy and Substance Use - A harm reduction toolkit (English and Spanish - 2022)

This toolkit was created by the National Harm Reduction Coalition, this information is intended for use by pregnant and parenting people who use drugs, their loved ones, and their service providers. Their goal is to promote the overall health and well-being of pregnant people who use substances and their families. For many people, upon finding out they are pregnant, they may wonder about reducing or stopping their use. It is important to know that there are many steps that can be taken, related to substance use or not, to have a healthy pregnancy.

Topic(s):

Substance Use

Resource Type:

Toolkit

PEI Outreach and Education Resources

Through targeted information and education campaigns, the Communications and Outreach Unit develops outreach and educational materials to heighten public awareness about the Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) and provide communications technical assistance to local health departments and funded agencies.

Topic(s):

Mental Health, Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

Resource Type:

Website

Pamphlet - SAMHSA Culture Card A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

A guide intended to provide basic information and enhance cultural competence for service providers who provide or coordinate services in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.


Topic(s):

Bias & Racism, Indigenous populations

Resource Type:

Guide

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

This easy to use patient questionnaire is a self-administered version of the PRIME-MD diagnostic instrument for common mental disorders. The PHQ-9 is the depression module, which scores each of the nine DSM-IV criteria as "0" (not at all) to "3" (nearly every day). It has been validated for use in primary care.


It is not a screening tool for depression but it is used to monitor the severity of depression and response to treatment. However, it can be used to make a tentative diagnosis of depression in at-risk populations - eg, those with coronary heart disease or after stroke.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Assessment, Screening Tool

Perinatal Mental Health Patient Safety Bundle

The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health has developed a patient safety bundle on perinatal mental health conditions to support best practices that make birth safer. Perinatal mental health conditions refer to mood, anxiety, and anxiety-related disorders occurring during pregnancy or within a year of delivery. The bundle includes introductory videos, perinatal mental health condition implementation details and resources, and more.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Website

Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

Resources and facts about mental health for individuals considering pregnancy, currently pregnant, or postpartum as well as practitioners.


Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Website, Fact Sheet, Training/Webinar

Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health Fact Sheet: American Indian and Alaskan Native Maternal Mental Health (2023)

While mothers of any race can face mental health conditions during pregnancy and after childbirth, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women experience higher rates than the average population (Foley & Strunz, 2022). Though the body of research is still growing in the U.S., initial data on the prevalence of maternal depression for AI/AN women in the United States ranges from 14-30% (Heck, 2021). Studies based on international Indigenous populations suggest that Indigenous women experience an even greater risk for maternal depression and anxiety: Indigenous women experience depression 87% more often than White women (Black et al., 2019) and experienced maternal anxiety 37% more often than non-Indigenous women (Owais et al., 2019).

Topic(s):

Indigenous populations

Resource Type:

Fact Sheet

Pregnancy and Substance Use: A Harm Reduction Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the National Harm Reduction Coalition in collaboration with the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction. It is written for pregnant and parenting people who use drugs, their loved ones, and their service providers, to start the conversation about plans, hopes, goals, and dreams. This toolkit was written, edited, and informed by people with lived experience of substance use and pregnancy.

Topic(s):

Substance Use

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Prevent, Assess, and Respond: A Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Toolkit for Health Centers & Domestic Violence Programs

Health centers and domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) advocacy programs are natural partners given their shared mission to improve the health, wellness, and safety of their clients. Use this toolkit to build a comprehensive and sustainable response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking (HT) in your health center, in partnership with social service organizations.

Topic(s):

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Domestic violence, Human trafficking

Resource Type:

Website

Provider Checklist - Psychosis Symptom Overview & Checklist

Psychosis is the term used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Because psychosis involves a break in reality, a person experiencing psychosis may be incapable of completing a symptom screening questionnaire directly, which is why there isn’t a psychosis screening tool. Family and those who are in close contact with the mother are often the first to notice behavior changes. The following psychosis symptom overview can assist families and providers in recognizing psychosis.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Tip Sheet

Queer and Trans Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

This Queer and Trans Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit is an easy-to-use resource for providers, birth workers and those supporting queer and trans birthing people and families.  Full of education, practical application and links to trainng and resources, it is an important tool to expand the converstation of perinatal mental health to better include everyone in our community.

Topic(s):

LGBTQIA+, Mental Health

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Rural Maternal Health Toolkit

Created by the Rural Health Information Hub, this toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support rural communities implementing maternal health programs across the United States.

The modules in the toolkit contain resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural programs to address the factors that affect and influence maternal health. Many factors can affect maternal health outcomes, including health status, health behaviors, access to healthcare and social services, and quality of healthcare, among other factors.

Topic(s):

Rural families

Resource Type:

Website

Safe Infant Sleep Infographic for Child-care Providers

This infographic by NICHQ provides six simple tips for keeping babies safe when sleeping. Millions of babies across the country attend child-care, which makes child-care providers invaluable allies for championing infant safe sleep. Child-care providers can make sure that all babies in their care sleep in a safe environment and they can help share guidelines and recommended practices with the families they serve. This helpful infographic can empower child-care providers as safe sleep champions

Topic(s):

Baby Safety, Safe Sleep

Resource Type:

Info sheet

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

This guide helps you learn ways to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

Topic(s):

Safe Sleep

Resource Type:

Guide

Safe Sleep in Child-Care Settings Recommendations for reducing the risk of sudden infant death

A safe sleep environment can lower the chances of an infant dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes. NICHQ developed this handout and FAQ for non-parental caregivers in child-care settings. It is useful for centers and family child-care homes. Some of the recommendations may also be true for parents and families in their homes. Others are specific to the child-care environment.

Topic(s):

Baby Safety, Safe Sleep

Resource Type:

Fact Sheet

Social Media Campaign Infographics - The Blue Dot Project: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week Campaign (2023)

2020 Mom Announces that Postpartum Support International Will Serve as the New Home of the TheBlueDotProject and the Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week Campaign. 


2020 Mom, a national maternal mental health policy organization, announced today that it is transitioning its Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week Social Media Campaign and TheBlueDotProject.org, the corresponding website and social media platforms, to Postpartum Support International this month.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Social Media Toolkit

Social Media Toolkit - Black Maternal Health Week (2023)

This toolkit was created by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc (BMMA) as a resource to assist partners with amplifying Black Maternal Health Week 2023 (BMHW23) across their networks and channels. The toolkit includes messaging guidance around this year’s theme, Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy, along with sample social media messages, shareable graphics, a list of national digital activities, and other information to help you engage with the campaign and BMMA partners.

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

Resource Type:

Social Media Toolkit

Supporting Father's Mental Health Info Sheet

Fathers play a critical role in children’s health and development, beginning in the prenatal period and continuing through early childhood and adolescence. Supporting father's mental health leads to better health outcomes and well-being of their children. This infographic was developed  to promote better mental health for fathers.  


Created by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ).

Topic(s):

Fatherhood, Mental Health

Resource Type:

Info sheet

Supporting Pregnant and Postpartum Women

The resources provided here can help systems and individuals understand the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders and support development of collaborative strategies and plans of safe care to increase access to treatment, recovery, and support for women, infants, and families.

Topic(s):

Substance Use

Resource Type:

Website

Talk About Depression and Anxiety During Pregnancy and After Birth: Ways You Can Help

This tip sheet, by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Child & Maternal Health Education Program, offers guidance on how to offer support for your loved one while pregnant or following childbirth.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Tip Sheet

Text4baby App

Pregnant mothers who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive free text messages three times per week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby's first birthday. Text4baby sends personalized messages directly to you, and the texts have information you can trust because they are developed by experts from all over the country. There is also an app that provides additional information about baby's development, pregnancy, childcare tips, and more.

Topic(s):

Pregnancy journey

Resource Type:

App

The University of California San Francisco: Milk Lab: NICU Toolkit for Hospitals and Birthing Families (2023)

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide hospitals and birth centers with recommendations that promote health equity and justice to better serve Black communities. The toolkit is based on the lived experiences of 85 Black families, who participated in a NICU study and is also sourced from current literature on the subject. 

Topic(s):

Black/African American Families, Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Tip Sheet - Why Conversations About Race Matter: Effects of Conversation on Patient Care (2022)

This tip sheet, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, can help pediatric health care professionals effectively address and begin to mitigate the negative impact of racism, bias, and discrimination on the physical and mental health and well-being of their patients and families within the context of a health supervision visit in any health care setting.

Topic(s):

Bias & Racism

Resource Type:

Tip Sheet

Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans

This toolkit by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, this toolkit offers a menu of various evidence-based strategies for the reduction of primary cesarean birth that can be adapted to fit the circumstances and resources of each individual hospital. The toolkit includes a comprehensive discussion of strategies to reduce cesareans, corresponding tools that can be implemented within facilities, slide decks for professional education, and lessons learned from California hospitals that have achieved and sustained a low NTSV cesarean birth rate. While the majority of the toolkit is meant to guide individual hospital and provider-level change, it also includes guidance to inform state, county and hospital system-level change.

Topic(s):

Cesarean births, Labor and Delivery

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans

The Toolkit is a comprehensive, evidence-based “how-to” guide designed to educate and motivate maternity clinicians to apply best practices for supporting vaginal birth.

Topic(s):

Cesarean births, Labor and Delivery

Resource Type:

Toolkit

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

This website, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies, provides resources from trauma-informed care leaders across the country to help improve patient outcomes, increase patient and staff resilience, and reduce avoidable health care service use and costs. While geared toward health care, many of these lessons from this website can be applied elsewhere, including in social services and education.

Topic(s):

Professional Development

Resource Type:

Website

WHO: Guide for Integration of Perinatal Mental Health in Maternal and Child Services 2022

This guide provides information about how staff in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services can provide mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, and care.

Topic(s):

Mental Health

Resource Type:

Guide

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