The St. Johnsbury Local Health Office partners with community organizations, healthcare providers and local coalitions to help support the health, wellness, and development of pregnant and postpartum women and children. Together we work to address the needs of our families - from food access and breastfeeding support, to infant care and treatment resources for substance abuse.
Our Maternal Child Health Coordinator participates in Children’s Integrated Service, a community team with representation from a wide range of local organizations. This team is made up for professionals from:
Working collaboratively with the Children’s Integrated Service team, we offer Safe Sleep Classes to area providers and families. Every year babies in the U.S. die because they are put down to sleep in an unsafe way. Parents, grandparents and care providers often have questions about safe sleep practices. These classes are designed to answer those questions and much more.
We also offer Youth Mental Health classes for community members, daycare teachers, teachers and veterans groups. By increasing awareness and understanding of the issues youth encounter, we support the health and development of our community’s children.
Our local health office supports breastfeeding in our community and works with breastfeeding moms to help meet their goals. Our Maternal and Childhood Health Coordinator and our nutritionist work together to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals by providing the following resources and referrals:
- We provide breast pumps for mothers returning to work or school, along with personalized education and support.
- We refer pregnant and postpartum moms to local support groups for moms including “Little Sprouts” at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) and the La Leche League of the Northeast Kingdom.
- We are members of the Northeast Kingdom Breastfeeding Coalition which meets monthly at NVRH with other community partners. The coalition includes members from NVRH, the local Le Leche League, and nurses from the Nurse Family Partnership program.
Our breastfeeding consultant encourages local employers to create private areas at the workplace to allow moms returning to work after delivery an area for pumping. Currently our region has a dozen breastfeeding friendly businesses, including schools, retail businesses, and restaurants. If you are interested in becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer, contact Amanda at 802-748-5151.
Our Maternal Child Health Coordinator, in conjunction with various community partners, participates in a coalition focused on helping mothers who experience challenges with addiction. SMART ensure mothers are supported throughout their pregnancy and through the first two years of their child’s development. SMART looks to ensure privacy of those who attend meetings and meets on a monthly basis at Community Connections.
The Fostering Healthy Families program provides foster families with access to our Maternal Childhood Health services and nurses. We work closely with the Department of Children and Services to ensure consistent supportive information.