An excerpt from a letter written by a mother in Lewis & Clark County:
"On the day of the first visit I was very nervous someone was going to come into my home and see that I wasn’t able to handle being a mom, but the opposite happened. In one visit, my home visitor, had boosted my spirits and let me know I wasn’t screwing everything up. She let me know that tons of people go through this and it didn’t make me a failure. Every visit after that I could feel myself getting more confident and was able to enjoy being a mom more. My daughter and I finally started to really bond like a mom and daughter should. I learned different ways to interact with my baby to help her develop and I learned that no parent is perfect and that it’s okay. I learned that I am still a person, not just a mom, and that I matter."
From the home visitor perspective (Gallatin County):
“One of my clients successfully latched to his mom’s breast for the second time in his 5 weeks of life. It was a very emotional moment when he latched after trying several different techniques and positions. You could see the mom’s facial muscles and demeanor relax as baby latched. This gave the mom that glimpse of hope to continue working towards the goal of breastfeeding without nipple shields. This particular visit was done in conjunction with another home visitor who is also a Certified Lactation Counselor, and together we thought of suggestions to give to mom for her child to successfully latch.”
“Got two families connected with WIC and one family moved out of a volatile living situation!”

“Had a client get childcare for both of her children after having lots of barriers including transportation, paperwork, and finding openings.”

"I have been working with a family since pregnancy. The child is now 3 months old and is an only child. From the beginning, the parents were "vaccine hesitant" and many of our conversations were centered around vaccine misinformation, vaccine schedule, vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety, etc. The child has a medical home and has been seen for all recommended well-child checks. Mom had declined vaccines at the child’s 2-month appointment until the parents could decide on whether they would vaccinate and which vaccines they wanted administered. I offered to administer vaccines in the home and the parents accepted. I brought all immunizations recommended to that visit and we had one more conversation about vaccines. At the end of the visit, both parents consented to administering all vaccines recommended at the 2-month mark." 

From the home visitor perspective (Ft. Peck Tribes):
"A 22-year-old first-time mother was dead set against breastfeeding. After working with her for just a little while she is now breastfeeding her baby who is healthy and meeting appropriate milestones."


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video sent to us by HMF partner and Local
Implementing Agency,

Community Health Partners, Park County,
John Gregory, Director of Learning Partners:
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Gallatin City-County Health Department,
Amie Gatterdam, Maternal Child Health Program Manager: