Everyone wins when Montana mothers, babies, and families are thriving.
Early childhood experiences affect a person’s wellbeing for life. Plus, research shows that if we invest in the wellbeing of young children, we increase the worth of the future workforce.
We can do better
- Of developed nations, the United States has the highest rate of mother deaths related to birth and pregnancy.
- 21% of Montana children under age 5 live in poverty
- Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a leading type of child abuse in the United States
- 25% of SBS cases are fatal
- 80% of SBS victims who survive have permanent disabilities
How you can help
Connect with your representatives:
- Senator Jon Tester (D)
- Senator Steve Daines (R)
- Representative Greg Gianforte (R)
- Governor Steve Bullock (D)
What you can say:
Clearly state the action you would like them to take, such as supporting a proposed policy that would promote the health of babies. Explain your reasons and note how this issue is relevant to you, as a constituent, and your family and community. Keep it short, polite, and factual.
Share your voice to help ensure public policies support moms, babies, and families.
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: information and tools regarding SBS
- ZERO to THREE: data and guidance to ensure public policies are based in research and promising practices for young children
- Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide: advocacy toolkit for policies that promote the wellbeing of infants, toddlers, and their families
- The State of Montana Legislature’s Children, Families, Health, & Human Services Interim Committee reviews and researches legislative issues regarding health and human services in Montana
- The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource and advocate for those working to improve the health of families, including those with special health care needs. Helpful resources from AMCHP include: