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From September 2015

Hello & Happy September OAIMH members, We had a busy summer partnering with Voices for Ohio's Children Regional Forums and traveling to their 12 sites around Ohio telling people about OAIMH. If you are one of our new members, we welcome you and if you are a continuing member, we value your support too! I wanted to take a minute to thank my fellow OAIMH Board members: John Kinsel, Will Moser, Kristine Snell, Janeece Warfield and Cindy Oser for presenting with me around the state. The PowerPoint we presented is included in this month$#39;s updates.

Along with all of the OAIMH Board members working their regular jobs they graciously volunteer their time to attend monthly board meeting, present on behalf of OAIMH and advocate for us at many levels. Without your dedication and commitment we would not be able to continue the work that we do on behalf of the babies of Ohio. Thank you again!

We are co–sponsoring the SouthWest OAIMH Chapter's conference on October 16th & 17th in Cincinnati featuring Terri Rose. Watch the OAIMH website for additional information about registration. We are also talking to Dr Valerie Alloy about the possibility of offering the Endorsement of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI–AIMH) to Ohio. More details as soon as we get them.

As you may have noticed a pattern, I get to devote this month's OAIMH update to my favorite topic “Pregnancies and Babies”. I hope you enjoy these articles and PowerPoints as much as I did getting them together.

Keep up the great work in advocating for our Babies of Ohio!!

Your OAIMH President,


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From July 2015

Infant Massage: The Power of Touch in Supporting Ohio's Families

Welcome to this edition of BabyTalk with the focus this month on Infant Massage.

As a parent and as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) I have seen and marvelled at how this simplest form of non–verbal communication can provide such a dynamic connection to both a child's sense of well–being and to the lifelong expectations for positive interactions that infant massage creates.

The articles in this newsletter highlight the variety of ways in which infant massage can be applied and the research behind the process.

To promote July as “Month of the Well–Massaged Baby” (my designation), Michael Curtis, a trainer for Infant Massage USA, has graciously extended a training discount to members of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health, for those who wish to obtain a credential in infant massage education. (flyer)

Thank you to all the Ohio CEIMS and parents who contributed to this edition of BabyTalk.

Kristine Snell, MSW, LISW–S, CEIM
OAIMH Board Member
Achievement Centers for Children
Early Childhood Mental Health Program Coordinator

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From May 2015

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Powerpoint on Infant/Toddler Emotional Social Development

From December 2014

Play is the fundamental language of the child – Article

Powerpoint on Play

From October 2014

With the publication of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) study, the wider medical, psychological and public communities have become more aware of the vulnerability of children to traumatic and stressful early experiences. That retrospective study showed that adults who experienced abuse, lived with a parent with mental illness, had parents who divorced, etc. were more likely to experience a variety of medical and psychological difficulties later in life. And the more of such experiences they had, the more likely they were to develop problems.

This, of course, was not news to the Early Childhood community. Particularly those of us in the Infant Mental Health and related fields have been acutely aware and concerned about the effects of trauma on children's development. After becoming increasingly informed on the intricacies of early brain development in the early years over the past two decades, that concern has only deepened.

Knowing that the infant is born with the stress–sensitive Brain Stem fully developed, as well as its partner, the Sympathetic Nervous System portion of the Limbic System in the Midbrain, we recognize the vulnerability of young children and many of us have seen the devastating effects of Cortisol filled brains. We have seen the trauma reactions: the changes in personality, the development of mal–adaptive behaviors and the presence of developmental delays in virtually all domains.

Fortunately, we have also seen the powerful presence of resilience and the responsiveness of young children to therapeutic interventions and corrective experiences. We have seen parents who have been able to develop insights into their young children�s behavior, reflect upon them and make adjustments in their patterns of relating that have supported their child�s ability to cope with unfortunate events.

The accompanying Powerpoint provides an overview of some of what we have learned about trauma in early childhood, both its effects as well as strategies that have been shown to aide in ameliorating long lasting trauma effects and reduce the likelihood that our clients will end up statistics in any future ACES study. I hope you will find it informative, refreshing what you already know and perhaps causing you to think about this issue in some new and helpful ways. If you would like to discuss any of these issues further, please feel free to contact me at

John D. Kinsel, MS, LPCC–S
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
OAIMH Board Member

From September 2014

Franklin County is working with a variety of agencies to determine what we can do to help babies live to their first birthday!

Monthly Infant Mortality Data from Columbus Public Health

As our community begins the work of implementing the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force's plan to improve our infant mortality rates by 40 percent and cut the racial disparity gap in half in the next five years, we will be actively tracking and measuring our progress.

Each month, Columbus Public Health releases a monthly infant mortality report, highlighting several key indicators impacting infant mortality in Franklin County. These data are an important indicator for tracking and improving infant mortality in our community.

Today CPH releases its most recent monthly infant mortality report which can be found here.

For previous months or quarterly reports, please visit:

Task Force Report and Recommendations Available Online

The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force Final Report and Implemention Plan was adopted by Task Force members at the end of June and is available for download at

Additionally, each of the recommendations are available for individual download.

Moving Forward: The Next 90-Days

Over the next 90 days, lead entities will be convening key partners to develop plans to implement the Year One strategies identified in the plan. To ensure accountability for plan implementation, an executive committee of former Task Force members will meet regularly to review progress, make adjustments and continue engagement.

Read the Year One implementation plan and learn how you can get involved.


  • Jerry Friedman submitted this link. He is a huge supporter of advocating for the underserved – ARTICLE
  • Becky Reno (our Research Queen) shared the following link about how family violence leaves genetic imprint on children – ARTICLE
  • This link was submitted by Bette Fiest – Pediatricians are trying to gently shape child–rearing styles so that kids living in poverty have a chance to succeed – ARTICLE
  • Even Dr Pat's daughter Erica, from Washington sends us a current article because she knows how important getting information to our moms is for infant development. Thanks Erica! – ARTICLE
  • This article was submitted by Dr Pat Gabbe. She has a passion for keeping moms and babies safe and is always finding the most recent research to help us take great care pregnant moms.
  • Becky Reno found this great article about the effects of marijuana on babies – ARTICLE


  • Colleen O'Brien submitted this information – She is a huge supporter of Moms2B and Community Health Workers! Illinois is moving to have certified CHWs. Here is the link if you would like to listen to the ten–minute video clip of Gov. Quinn and others speaking to the new law. The speaker following the Governor in the clip speaks to the benefits seen with having CHWs working with pregnant women (doulas).
  • The United Way has been measuring Toxic Stress in young children and what that means for their future. – LINK

From May 2014

Four in 10 Infants Lack Strong Parental Attachments

In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds – what psychologists call “secure attachment” – with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.

Read the whole article here.

From March 2014

Infant/toddler Emotional & Social Developmentpowerpoint (~50MB)

  • Why do infants cry?
  • What would be a developmentally appropriate intervention with a crying infant?
  • What are the major emotional & social behaviors that emerge during toddlerhood?
  • How does perception affect the emotional & social development of toddlers?

These questions and more are addressed in Dr. Mosier's PowerPoint presentation about the cognitive, emotional, and social development of infants and toddlers.

Testing limits, wavering between wanting independence and needing security is part of the early childhood experience. Adults play a pivotal role in promoting infant/toddler development. Your relationship with each infant and toddler is not only influenced by the child's behavior, but also by your response to that behavior. Practicing developmentally appropriate adult–child interactions is the key to raising emotionally healthy infants & toddlers that mature into socially competent adults.

From January 2014

The Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013

A Historic Opportunity for Early Childhood
By Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood

In November, 2013, Senator Tom Harkin (D—IA) and Congressmen George Miller (D—CA) and Richard Hanna (R—NY) introduced a bill for early childhood education, The Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013.

This is a historic opportunity to move the issue of early childhood on the national stage in a long time. Parents, community leaders, states and national stakeholders are joined together to fight to make sure that every child'regardless of how much money their parents make or what neighborhood they live in'has access to high'quality early education.

We are so excited to be on the forefront of this new chapter in early childhood education. Today, only less than 5% of children eligible for Early Head Start are served. With this legislation, the number of children receiving these services during President Obama's administration will triple.

The proposed Bill, based on the latest brain science, makes clear that early learning starts at day one, long before a child's fourth birthday. Research has taught us that disparities begin to appear as early as 18 months, making it imperative that we not lose focus of the earliest and most formative years of life. By the time children from low—income households reach the age of 3, they will have heard 30 million fewer total words and engaged in fewer back&mdashand—forth conversations than their more affluent peers — a gap that is later associated with disparities in language development, school readiness, and long—term educational outcomes of students. By establishing a high quality continuum of early learning experiences for all of our young children, the Strong Start for America's Children will assure that they are exposed to the enriching early care and education experiences they need to be ready for school and ready to thrive.

The new Early Head Start—Child Care partnerships are critical to closing this gap, by aiming to increase the scope and quality of early education for children and families, birth to three. These partnerships will support states and communities that expand the availability of Early Head Start and child care programs that meet the highest standards for infants, toddlers, and three—year—olds.

Together, we can continue to build on the excellent work of states and communities, working together to make sure each child has the chance to excel. Thank you to all of you who are so committed to improving the lives of America's children.

Read the Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013 House Bill and Senate Bill.

Read the summary of the Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013.

Learn more about the President's Early Learning Initiative.


  • Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences – ARTICLE


From September 2013

Hello OAIMH ~

Happy September! It's amazing that it is almost fall – where did summer go? I get to do the topic for September so I chose something that is near and dear to my heart ����� Pregnancy and connecting with baby! This month I will share a variety of articles, PowerPoints, video links and other fun stuff we use when working with pregnant moms in the Moms2B program through Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University. Our program is in Columbus, Ohio, in the areas (or zip codes) where the most babies die L. The statistics are alarming and we all have to be a part of the solution to decrease these results.

I work with an amazing leader, Dr Pat Gabbe and she thought we should begin this topic by introducing the reasons why we need to reduce maternal stress, depression and the other effects of maternal health on infant–embryonic development. So, we will begin this discussion and I encourage you to be a part of the solution in your area.

Moms2B is nutrition based weekly group for pregnant moms as well as a teaching program for students at OSU. We realize it's very difficult to carry a baby to full–term (40 weeks) if you have extreme stress, not enough food to eat, difficulty with housing, paying bills and finding transposition to get where you need to go. Moms2B is a strength–based program which helps moms in high risk zip codes meet their needs and we help to take care of them while they take care of their unborn baby.

I hope you enjoy learning more about infant mental health during pregnancy and will explore opportunities on how to become more involved in your area. If you have any additional questions please email me at:



  • A large part of working with pregnant moms is nurition and we encourage breastfeding. I think you will love this fun Breastfeeding video, which was provided to me by our Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counslor, Carmen Clutter, MS, RD, LD, CLC – VIDEO
  • This video about Christian the Lion (full story) is an excellent way to watch how a young injured lion who was nurtured by two men and is now able to take care of a pride (family) of his own because of the way he was taken care of. The best part is when he is reunited with the men a year later. – VIDEO
  • Many of us who work with moms that have symptoms of maternal depression &ndash this video reminds us of the effects of depression on the baby – Zero to Three Still Face experiment: – VIDEO


  • Does Additional Prenatal Care in the Home Improve Birth Outcomes for Women with a Prior Preterm Delivery – a 5 year study from Vanderbilt University – ARTICLE
  • Black Women and Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes – from Georgia State University – ARTICLE


  • Baby Talk flyer from FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Provided to OAIMH by Terrie Hare, State Systems Specialist, Region II Child Care State Systems Specialist Network, A Service of the Office of Child Care.
    Baby Talk flyer – September 2013
  • From the Center for Early Learning Literacy (CELL), please see the link for Infant Lap Games. What a great way to build attachment with young children !!
    Infant Lap Games

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