The Sarpy/Cass Health Department offers a variety of Maternal Child Health (MCH) Services to our community. Our goals are to promote healthy families, empower parents through education and support, improve breastfeeding success, and develop community connections.
SARPY/CASS BABY CAFE
Certified lactation staff and WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department offer a weekly Baby Cafe at our office in Papillion. This free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers includes support from specifically-trained staff, opportunities to share experiences and make friends, and refreshments, comfortable seating, and open-forum discussions. The Sarpy/Cass Baby Cafe also offers a fun play area for accompanying toddlers.
For questions or more information, please contact the Sarpy/Cass Health Department at 402-339-4334.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is offering a new prenatal education program. Free classes on healthy pregnancy and newborn care are available at locations in Sarpy and Cass Counties.
Classes are based on a curriculum from the March of Dimes called “Becoming a Mom™”, and they are taught by the Health Department’s experienced maternal child nurses. There are six classes in the series, and participants may attend any classes they choose, in any order.
Topics for each class include:
Class1: Introduction and Prenatal Care and Testing
Class 2: Pregnancy Nutrition
Class 3: Stress and Things to Avoid During Pregnancy
Class 4: Labor and Delivery
Class 5: Newborn Care and Breastfeeding
Class 6: Postpartum Care
For class dates, times, and location, and to register, visit the Health Department event calendar. For questions or more information, please contact the Sarpy/Cass Health Department at 402-339-4334.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department MCH program has a Breastfeeding Resource Lending Library available for public and professional use. Our library has children’s picture books about breastfeeding, books about general breastfeeding topics, and books about special circumstances like exclusive pumping and following a MSPI diet. Our DVD’s are for professional use only, but all books are available to the public to check out on a short-term basis. Please call Katie (402-537-6973) or Michelle (402-537-6977) to schedule an appointment to take a look. Click here for a list of our breastfeeding resource lending library list.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department MCH program offers a free Community Breastfeeding Advocate (CBA) training to any group interested in learning more about how to support breastfeeding in the community. Our targeted groups are businesses, childcare settings, Head Start programs, and schools. We are happy to train and support other sectors, too, like churches. To inquire about the training, please contact Katie (402-537-6973) or Michelle (402-537-6977). You can register for the training by filling out the Google Form here.
MATERNAL CHILD HOME VISITING
Our MCH nurses partner with Sarpy and Cass County Early Head Start programs to visit women during pregnancy and postpartum. This collaborative partnership enables us to make a positive health impact on the pregnant mothers in our communities. To enroll in Sarpy County Head Start services, click here: English, Spanish. To enroll in Cass County Head Start services, click here.
Our Maternal Child Health Nurses are Certified Lactation Counselors with experience helping many women successfully breastfeed. Lactation support is available via individual in-office consultation, community breastfeeding support groups, and workplace lactation support programs. Breastfeeding has been shown to provide numerous benefits, both to babies who are breastfed and to their mothers.
Several federal and Nebraska laws exist regarding worksite lactation. You can access the federal law and Nebraska state law here. For a sample worksite policy supporting breastfeeding employees, click here. If your business in already a breastfeeding-friendly place to work, you can nominate yourself for the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Award given by the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition. Access their website here to get started. The Maternal Child Health Nurses at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department are happy to answer any questions you have about supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.”
CASS COUNTY BREASTFEEDING COALITION
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department MCH program has partnered with stakeholders in Cass County to create a coalition in support of breastfeeding. The mission of the Cass County Breastfeeding Coalition is to provide all mothers and babies of Cass County with equitable access to breastfeeding care and services through collaboration and partnerships within our Cass County communities. If you would like to learn more and become a member, please contact Katie (402-537-6973) or Michelle (402-537-6977).
WIC BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR PROGRAM
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program uses an evidenced-based peer-to-peer model that connects pregnant and postpartum women with paraprofessional breastfeeding counselors who come from the same neighborhood and speak the same language as WIC participants. Sarpy/Cass Health Department WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide basic breastfeeding information, positive reinforcement, and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Our Peer Counselors can be found in several of the Douglas-Sarpy County WIC offices. To learn more about the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, contact Sarah at [email protected]
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