Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes

Priority Area 3: Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

2020-2023 ACTION STEPS

The workplan for this Priority has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.


  • The Maternal-Infant Task Force was formed in December of 2014.
  • A screening referral process was established for OB offices to connect with local Medically Assisted Treatment Centers for treatment of opiate-addicted pregnant women.
  • Lima Memorial Hospital, St. Rita’s Health Partners, and Bluffton Hospital have adopted supportive breastfeeding policies and are working through the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program where all 3 are earning state recognition for their work in breastfeeding support, protection and promotion.
  • Over 25 workplaces have adopted supportive breastfeeding policies.
  • Over 20 Pack and Plays are distributed each month to families who need safe spaces for infants to sleep.


  • Implement company policies in your workplace to support breastfeeding women.
  • Promote the ABCs of safe sleep spaces for infants – Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib without bumper pads, loose bedding, or soft toys.
  • Encourage women to get early prenatal care.
  • Join the Maternal Infant Task Force or a subgroup, listed above.
  • Encourage your favorite restaurant, store or organization to sign the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” pledge and commit to being a Breastfeeding Friendly location for nursing mothers.
  • Assist us in the creation of a resource to link women with community services. If you know of resources that should be included, please contact the Maternal Infant Task Force at the number above.