There are on-going discussions at both the state and federal level regarding the creation and maintenance of public policies that support families, mothers, and babies.

Federal Discussions

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. Here are some of the great resources from AMCHP:


State Discussions

The State of Montana Legislature’s Children, Families, Health, & Human Services Interim Committee meets even when the legislature is not in session. Find meeting dates, topics, agendas, videos, and more. You can also sign up for their RSS feed!


Connect with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

In 2009, the Montana Legislature passed a bill mandating education about Shaken Baby Syndrome, embodied in Sections 50-16-103, 50-16-104, and 50-19-311 of the Montana Codes Annotated (MCA):

 50-16-103. Information on shaken baby syndrome — program.
(1) There is a shaken baby syndrome education program established in the department.
(2) The department shall:
(a) develop educational materials that present readily comprehensible information on shaken baby syndrome; and
(b) post the materials on the department’s website in an easily accessible format.
(3) The materials required to be produced by this section must be distributed at no cost to the recipients.
(4) For purposes of 50-16-104 and this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Child care facility” means a day-care center, day-care facility, family day-care home, or group day-care home as those terms are defined in 52-2-703.
(b) “Department” means the department of public health and human services provided for in 2-15-2201.
(c) “Hospital” means a hospital, as defined in 50-5-101, that regularly provides maternity, pediatric, or obstetrical care.
(d) “Parent” means either parent, unless the parents are not married or are separated or divorced, in which case, the term means the custodial parent. The term also means a prospective adoptive parent or foster parent with whom the child is placed.
(e) “Shaken baby syndrome” means damage to the brain of an infant or young child, including but not limited  to swelling that impedes the supply of oxygen to the brain or any degree of brain damage that results from the infant or young child having been forcefully shaken.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 365, L. 2009.

50-16-104. Information on shaken baby syndrome — distribution. A copy of the shaken baby syndrome educational materials developed under 50-16-103 must be distributed in the following manner:
(1) by childbirth educators and staff of pediatric physicians’ offices and obstetricians’ offices to an expectant parent who uses the services of the educators or physicians;
(2) by a hospital in which a child is born to the child’s parent before the child is discharged from the facility;
(3) by service providers under the MIAMI project, provided for in 50-19-311, to a child’s parent during visits conducted in accordance with that project;
(4) by each child-care facility operating in this state to each of its employees; and
(5) by groups or entities that offer classes for babysitters.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 365, L. 2009.

50-19-311. MIAMI project.
(1) There is a MIAMI (Montana Initiative for the Abatement of Infant Mortality) project established in the     department.
(2) Under the project, the department shall provide the following services:
(a) infant mortality review;
(b) morbidity review of births involving low birthweight babies;
(c) low birthweight prevention;
(d) assistance to low-income women and infants in gaining access to prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum care;
(e) referral of low-income women and children to other programs to protect the health of women and children, including:
(i) supplemental food programs for women, infants, and children;
(ii) family planning services; and
(iii) other maternal and child health programs;
(f) public education and community outreach to inform the public on:
(i) the importance of receiving early prenatal care;
(ii) the need for good health habits during pregnancy; and
(iii) the availability of special services for pregnant women and for children.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 649, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 634, L. 1991.