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    Cribs for Kids- Safe Sleep:


    The Cribs for Kids Program in Nevada is funded by the Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant, supervised by the Maternal and Infant Health Program Coordinator and implemented by the Regional Emergency Medical Authority (REMSA). Cribs for Kids targets underserved communities through an educational campaign promoting safe sleep conditions for infants. The primary components include a train-the-trainer program providing education on Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) and safe sleep practices to families and caregivers; targeting families who do not have a safe sleep environment for their infant and provide them with a Safe Sleep Survival Kit including a portable crib, sleep sack, and an education campaign to serve the Nevada community. The Nevada Cribs for Kids Program and supporting Safe Sleep media and materials are promoted by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Women Infants and Children (WIC), Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS), Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), and Washoe County Health District (WCHD). For more information, contact the Maternal and Infant Health Program Coordinator, REMSA, or any of the agencies below:


    REMSA          http://remsa-cf.com/index.html

    WIC                http://nevadawic.org/ 

    CCHHS          http://gethealthycarsoncity.org/ 

    SNHD            http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/ 

    WCHD           https://www.washoecounty.us/health/ 


      Safe Haven:


      ‘No shame.  No blame.  No names.’    Anonymous Ways to Surrender Your Newborn

      In Nevada, the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act (NRS 432B.630, http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-432B.html#NRS432BSec630 ) allows an individual to surrender a non-abused infant without fear of arrest or prosecution. No names or records are required. The parents can bring a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital, urgent care facility, an occupied fire or police station or they can call 911 to have an ambulance dispatched to the location. The appropriate government child protection agency will immediately take the newborn into custody and place the infant in a foster or pre-adoptive home.

      Crisis Hotline 1-800-992-5757 


      Confidential Information 24 hours a day, calls answered by the Crisis Call Center of Nevada


        Center for Disease Control (CDC) Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)


          Text 4 Baby:

           https://www.text4baby.org or Text "Baby" or "Bebe" to 511411

          Text 4 Baby is a free health text messaging service supporting new and expectant moms by providing accurate, text length health information resources.
          Participants may sign up online, or by texting "baby" or "bebe" for Spanish to 511411 to receive messages each week timed to the due date or baby's first birthday. If participants have limited texting per month, text4baby won't take away from the total messages. Even if text messaging isn't part of the phone plan, participants will get text4baby messages at no cost.


            The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality:

            The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to reduce Infant Mortality is a platform designed to help states innovate and improve their approach to reduce infant mortality and to improve birth outcomes. CoIIN to reduce Infant Mortality began in January of 2012; Nevada became a member in 2014 to develop strategies to reduce infant mortality.  The infant mortality rate (IMR) is an important and widely used indicator of health. In 2005 the US IMR was 6.87 per 1,000 live births, and in 2011 the IMR decreased to 6.05 deaths per 1,000 live births. This represents an IMR decrease of 11.9 percent. The CoIIN’s main goal is to increase the number of infants reaching past their first birthday. The five priorities selected to obtain this goal and improve birth outcomes are to reduce elective delivery at less than 39 weeks of pregnancy, expand access to interconception care through Medicaid, promote smoking cessation among pregnant women, promote infant safe sleep practices, and improve perinatal regionalization.  In Nevada, the Maternal and Child Health Program, in partnership with key stakeholders statewide including, Medicaid, Healthy Start of Southern Nevada, Washoe County Health District, and Women Infants and Children (WIC) utilize the CoIIN to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. The latest data show the national infant mortality rate at 6 per 1,000 live births in 2013, resulting in 23,440 infant deaths in the year 2013 in the United States.  Nevada was below the national average at 5.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013.  However, disparities in Nevada IMR range from a high of 8.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015 to a low of 3.0 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.


            For more information regarding the CoIIN to reduce infant mortality visit: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/infantmortality/coiin/


              Postpartum Depression:

              Postpartum depression (PPD) is a temporary depression related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Two forms of postpartum depression exist, early onset (otherwise known as baby blues) and late onset.  Early onset postpartum depression is often mild and may affect up to 80% of women after giving birth.  It starts soon after delivery and can resolve within a couple of weeks.  Later onset PPD is generally more severe and usually recognized several weeks after delivery.  Symptoms of PPD include sadness, anxiety, tearfulness and trouble sleeping.  The symptoms usually appear within several days of birth and subside 10-12 days after birth.  It is very important to let your health care provider know if you experience “blues” lasting longer than two weeks. 


              Nevada Medicaid covers up to three postpartum depression screenings for new mothers, as long as the depression screenings are performed during the baby’s first year of typical well child checks.  Ask your doctor about services available to you during your baby visits.


              The Postpartum Support International website offers numerous resources and support groups.  Visit http://www.postpartum.net/locations/nevada/ for more information.


              The following is a list of Postpartum Support Groups in the Las Vegas area:

              Beyond Birth Postpartum Support Group, meets Wednesdays at 1pm at Family to Family at 4412 S. Maryland Parkway, contact (702) 631-7098

              PPD Support Group at Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center West, meets Mondays from 10-11am, contact (702) 351-0752

              PPD Support Group at the OBGYN Specialists, meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-8pm, contact (702) 577-8039

              PPD Support Group at Pinkpeas Pregnancy and Parenting Care Center, meets every other Thursday from 2-3pm, contact (702)577-8039 

                Sober Moms, Healthy Babies:



                Sober Moms Healthy Babies aims to help pregnant women struggling with tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.  This public awareness campaign includes statewide television and radio announcements and a website with educational and treatment resources for women who are using, concerned friends and family and providers. The website provides an option to call Nevada 2-1-1, the Substance Use Hot Line (775-825-4357 or 1-800-450-9530) and Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).  It also emphasizes the importance of women identifying they are pregnant when entering Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) funded substance use treatment, as they receive top priority for service.


                  Perinatal Substance Use:

                  During pregnancy, everything the mother ingests, the fetus does also.  Illegal substance use, use or abuse of legal substances such as prescription drugs and legal marijuana, some over the counter drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol are detrimental to maternal health and infant health.  Alcohol and substance use can harm the fetus.  The State of Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) provides community-based prevention and treatment. The SAPT Block Grant is a federal grant provided to states for specific alcohol and drug abuse programs.  For more information about SAPTA, please visit http://dpbh.nv.gov/Programs/ClinicalSAPTA/Home_-_SAPTA/


                  If you are pregnant and using, there is always a safe place to get help.  In Nevada, pregnant women are considered a top priority at treatment centers.  To find a treatment center, visit http://sobermomshealthybabies.org/ or call 211 or the Substance Abuse Hotline 1-800-450-9530 to get help for you and your baby.  Remember to let them know you are pregnant to receive priority service.



                    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika in January 2016 after widespread Zika outbreaks in the Americas.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed resources for pregnant women and providers.  Zika virus will continue to be a threat until an effective vaccine is developed. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) remains committed to protecting pregnant women from Zika and focused on key priorities to help advance prevention strategies and the fight against Zika.  For more information, visit the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.  For provider guidelines in relation to Zika, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/index.html; for preconception, pregnant and interconception women, see https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/protect-yourself.html for travel recommendations.


                      Nevada 211:

                      If you would like help locating services in Nevada, contact 211.


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                        National Governors Association to Improve Birth Outcomes:

                        Nevada began participation in the National Governors Association (NGA) Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes in December 2013.  Nevada NGA to Improve Birth Outcomes seeks to align existing programs and coordinate activities across public and private agencies to accelerate the pace of improving birth outcomes statewide.  One of the objectives of the collaborative is to identify the magnitude of adverse birth outcomes in Nevada, as well as modifiable risk factors of preterm births, low birth weight, infant mortality and assess racial and ethnic disparities. 


                        Workgroup #1:  Promote Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

                        Workgroup #2:  Expand Healthcare Access

                        Workgroup #3:  Reduce Exposure to Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco

                        Workgroup #4:  Extend Gestational Periods



                        For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact the Maternal and Infant Health Program Coordinator, Tasha Cadwallader, acadwallader@health.nv.gov