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Speak Up When You're Down

Call 1.888.404.7763 for support. The hotline is operated through a partnership with Perinatal Support Washington.

  • Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience some form of baby blues. Postpartum depression (PPD) is more than the baby blues, and it won’t go away on its own. Help is available. Talking about how you feel is the first step.
  • The Washington State Postpartum Depression Awareness Campaign (Speak Up When You're Down) is the result of 2005 legislation to provide a public awareness campaign to educate women and their families about the signs, symptoms and treatment of PPD.
  • Talking about PPD can be the first step toward recovery. The campaign message, “Speak Up When You’re Down,” encourages women and their families to talk openly with each other and with their health care provider if they are feeling down.

Additional resources

Washington residents and agencies may order hard copies of these materials by sending an email with their address and requested quantity to

Have A Plan

Call the Parent Trust Family Help Line at 1.800.932.HOPE (4673).

All babies cry. It’s okay. Crying is one way your baby can tell you what she needs. It’s normal for babies to cry two to four hours a day. Even though crying is typical, it can still be stressful.

Learning how to help calm a crying baby can help you feel better. Having a plan can help you stay calm if you feel like you’ve tried everything and your baby is still crying. These calming activities can be part of your plan:

  • Breathe. Take some deep breaths to help reduce feelings of anger and tension.
  • Follow the 10-foot rule. Place your baby in a safe place and walk 10 feet away until you have calmed down.
  • Take a break. Gently lay your baby down on his or her back and take a break.
  • Talk to someone. Call a friend or relative who will listen and be caring. It can help to share your thoughts and feelings.
  • Go for a walk with your baby. A simple walk around the block can help calm both you and your baby.

Shaking a baby can cause lasting injuries and even death. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can.

Additional resources

Washington residents and agencies may order hard copies of the brochures by sending an email with their address and requested quantity to

Safe Sleep

Research shows parents and caregivers can take the following actions to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant (less than 1 year old) death:

  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Prevent exposure to smoking during pregnancy and after birth because these are important risk factors for SIDS. The risk of SIDS is even stronger when a baby shares a bed with a smoker. To reduce risk, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.

Safe Sleep Environment Hand-outs:

Licensed providers, to get STARS credit for Safe Sleep training, please go here: DEL Training.

This training explains the importance of protecting infants during a crucial time of their development. Learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on a safe sleep environment. Resources to print out are included.

Para obtener credito STARS para el entrenamiento a dormir seguro, por favor haga clic aqui: DEL Formacion.

Esta clase explicará la importancia de proteger a los bebés durante una de las etapas críticas de desarrollo. Usted aprenderá acerca del Síndrome de Muerte Súbita del Lactante, lo que usted puede hacer para reducir el riesgo de acuerdo a las recomendaciones de la Academia Americana de Pediatría y cómo crear un ambiente seguro para dormir.Usted podrá imprimir los recursos incluidos.

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