Children & Family


Children’s health is the foundation for lifelong health and children’s health depends heavily on the health of their mothers from preconception. That means that Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is essential to the health of the future health of the entire population. Looking at current trends in MCH gives a good gauge on how the general health of the future population will look. Investing in MCH is primary prevention and our MCH team here at SHD recognizes the responsibility in contributing towards the future health of Snohomish county through all of our programs. We are here to serve you.

Click on our programs to the left of the page to learn more!

Maternal and Child Health CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at and the Health Department’s social media channels.

SCHOOLS & CHILD CARES covid-19 reSources

The Snohomish County Health Department is working with schools & child cares to address the pandemic and any arising concerns. The latest resources and materials for schools and child cares related to COVID-19 can be found on the COVID schools and child care information page.

COVID-19 Resources for Snohomish County pregnant & postpartum families & their caregivers

A message from Perinatal Mental Health Taskforce of Snohomish County 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a source of stress, anxiety, and fear – especially when misinformation is circulating. Mother Hugging her DaughterThis stress, combined with social isolation, can trigger the onset of new or worsening mental health symptoms including acute stress reactions, anxiety, depression, or mood changes. Expecting parents are especially vulnerable to mood and anxiety disorders. The pregnancy and postpartum (perinatal) periods are very important and challenging at the best of times. Social isolation, although necessary to slow the spread of the disease, can put parents at greater risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Approximately 1 in 7 women experience mental health conditions during pregnancy and after giving birth, and 1 in 10 men experience mental health conditions during their partner’s pregnancy and after. You’re not alone. There is help. PMADs are temporary and treatable.

View the full document, including a list of helpful resources.


Woman Breastfeeding her Baby

Families may have many questions about the virus that is specific to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should take precautions to protect themselves from getting sick. COVID vaccination is recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who may become pregnant. Though the virus has not been detected in breast milk, once born, babies can get infected through person-to-person transmission. The CDC has more information for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as tips on how to breastfeed your baby if you become ill with COVID.