Maternal and Child Health

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department offers a variety of Maternal Child Health Services to our community. Our goals are to promote healthy families, empower parents through education and support, improve breastfeeding success, and develop community connections.



Certified lactation staff and WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department offer a weekly Baby Cafe at our office in Papillion.  This free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers includes support from specifically-trained staff, opportunities to share experiences and make friends, and refreshments, comfortable seating, and open-forum discussions.  The Sarpy/Cass Baby Cafe also offers a fun play area for accompanying toddlers. 

For questions or more information, please contact the Maternal Child Health Nurses, Michelle Leahy or Katie Graves.

Sarpy/Cass Baby Cafe
701 Olson Drive, Suite 105, Papillion, NE 68046
Tuesdays beginning October 1, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon


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This class is taught by Katie Graves BSN, RN, IBCLC, who specializes in mothers and babies.  Come learn the basics of breastfeeding as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.  Teaching will focus on what to expect at the hospital, the importance of skin-to-skin, signs of a good latch, how to know when baby is hungry, and how to prepare yourself to be at home with baby after discharge from the hospital.  Please bring your partner or support person.  Refreshments provided.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Plattsmouth Public Library -- Lower Level
401 Avenue A
Plattsmouth, NE  68048

RSVP to or 402-537-6973.


The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is offering a new prenatal education program. Free classes on healthy pregnancy and newborn care are available at locations in Sarpy and Cass Counties.

Classes are based on a curriculum from the March of Dimes called “Becoming a Mom™”, and they are taught by the Health Department’s experienced maternal child nurses. There are six classes in the series, and participants may attend any classes they choose, in any order. 

Topics for each class include:

Class1: Introduction and Prenatal Care and Testing

Class 2: Pregnancy Nutrition

Class 3: Stress and Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

Class 4: Labor and Delivery

Class 5: Newborn Care and Breastfeeding

Class 6: Postpartum Care

For class dates, times, and location, and to register, visit the Health Department event calendar. For questions or more information, please contact the Maternal Child Health Nurses, Michelle Leahy or Katie Graves.


Education and support on a variety of pregnancy- and parenting-related topics is available through the Sarpy/Cass Health Department's Maternal Child Health program. Common topics include: having a healthy pregnancy, well-child visits and immunizations, breastfeeding benefits, and tobacco-free pregnancy. Presentations can also be developed to meet a range of needs or interests.


Maternal child nurses will visit women during pregnancy and postpartum to help get new moms and babies off to the best start possible. Our program uses a curriculum called Growing Great Kids™, which is a strengths-based approach to developing a nurturing parent-child relationship essential to early childhood development. The curriculum includes child development activities, as well as family-centered modules that can be chosen to best meet individual families’ goals.


Our Maternal Child Health Nurses are Certified Lactation Counselors with experience helping many women successfully breastfeed. Lactation support is available via individual in-office consultation, community breastfeeding support groups, and workplace lactation support programs. Breastfeeding has been shown to provide numerous benefits, both to babies who are breastfed and to their mothers.

Several federal and Nebraska laws exist regarding worksite lactation.  You can access the federal law and Nebraska state law here.  For a sample worksite policy supporting breastfeeding employees, click here.  If your business in already a breastfeeding-friendly place to work, you can nominate yourself for the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Award given by the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition.  Access their website here to get started.  The Maternal Child Health Nurses at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department are happy to answer any questions you have about supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.”


The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program uses an evidenced-based peer-to-peer model that connects pregnant and postpartum women with paraprofessional breastfeeding counselors who come from the same neighborhood and speak the same language as WIC participants.  Sarpy/Cass Health Department WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors provide basic breastfeeding information, positive reinforcement, and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  Our Peer Counselors can be found in several of the Douglas-Sarpy County WIC offices.  To learn more about the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, contact Sarah at



Maternal Child Services Contact Information
Michelle Leahy, MSN, RN, CLC
Maternal Child Health Nurse
402-339-4334 x 6977
Katie Graves, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Maternal Child Health Nurse
402-339-4334 x 6973










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