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Maternal and Child Health Live Virtual Event Series

This free-to-members series is presented by ZERO TO THREE staff and maternal and child health experts.

For 40 years, ZERO TO THREE has worked to ensure that babies and toddlers, even in the prenatal period, benefit from the early connections critical to their well-being and development. We support a wide range of evidence-based maternal and child health initiatives reaching the millions of parents, professionals, and policymakers who are leading the way in child development.

This Member Exclusive series, presented by ZERO TO THREE staff, as well as maternal and child health experts, is designed for direct service practitioners, educators, policymakers, and others interested in learning more about important information from the field, including postpartum support, infant language development, early infant feeding practices, and more!

The first session was free and open to non-members, but remaining sessions are free for members only. Find out more about ZERO TO THREE membership at

Series Sessions


  • Session 1 - Before the “ZERO”: ZERO TO THREE’s Work in Maternal & Child Health
    Presented by ZERO TO THREE Senior Staff

Overview: Improving the health of women and children is an essential building block for creating early connections that last a lifetime. Yet, in the United States there are significant health disparities and outcomes related to prenatal care, maternal and child health access, and outcomes.

This webinar described ZERO TO THREE’s activities related to maternal and child health. Participants learned from ZERO TO THREE senior staff about key organizational priorities and program efforts that promote maternal and child health nationwide.


  • Session 2 - Navigating New Motherhood: Improving Postpartum Health and Wellness
    Presented by Sarah Verbiest, Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Center for Maternal and Infant Health, and Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Social Work

Overview: This presentation described the importance of the “Fourth Trimester” (the 3 months following a birth) and the overlooked opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Verbiest highlighted links between maternal health and well-being and infant development / family function. She shared emerging issues and strategies for improving postpartum care and creating space for discussion about how service providers who traditionally only focus on young children can better support their mothers as well.


  • Session 3 - Bilingualism in Infancy and Toddlerhood: Behaviors, Strengths, and Pathways
    Presented by Ryan W. Pontier, Ph.D., bilingual consultant, teacher educator, researcher, coach, trainer, keynote speaker, and advocate for bilingualism and bilingual education

Overview: This presentation focused on bilingualism in infancy and toddlerhood providing a broad understanding of what bilingualism is and various ways to support young children’s bilingual development. Participants learned to analyze children’s speech, identify and explain the benefits of raising bilingual children, and recognized different traditional pathways to raising bilingual children. This event was intended for a wide audience, including, but not limited to, early childhood education practitioners and supervisors, mental health professionals, early learning administrators, and community leaders.


  • Journal Author Spotlight - A Paradigm Shift in Preconception and Interconception Care
    Presented by Daniel J. Frayne, MD, Medical Director, MAHEC Family Health Centers, Co-Chair, Clinical Working Group, Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Overview: This presentation presented a framework of the “why, what, and how” of preconception healthcare. Dr. Frayne will provide foundational information about why preconception care is critical to improving birth outcomes, its comprehensive components, and current strategies of capturing the key element of pregnancy intention and risk reduction through opportunities at every encounter.


  • Session 5 - Supporting Early Feeding Practices: The Link to Learning, Growth, and Lifelong Habits
    Presented by Dr. Sandra Hassink and Florence Rivera from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Overview: This presentation described feeding practices, including recently published recommendations, and explored the science behind these early feeding recommendations and the link to learning and developmental outcomes. It offered practical guidance and resources for pediatricians and professionals who serve families.


Overview: This presentation discussed findings from ZERO TO THREE’s parent research. Participants learned about what today’s fathers think, know, and want. The presentation also explored what support and information fathers need, how they want to receive it, and how best to engage them in conversations about nurturing their young children’s development.


  • Session 7 - Early Infant Mental Health
    Presented by Dorinda Silver Williams, PhD, LCSW-C, ACSW and Lindsay Usry

Overview: This presentation discussed promoting a shared understanding of infant and early childhood mental health and the foundational role that it plays across the lifespan. Core infant and early childhood mental health concepts, such as attachment, attunement, co-regulation, and reflective functioning were discussed. The presenters explored the key ingredients for positive infant and early childhood mental health, as well as adverse circumstances that could potentially compromise children’s social emotional wellness. Participants were encouraged to reflect on the dual role of both policy and practice in safeguarding children’s optimal mental health.

  • Session 8 - The Importance of Immunization for Early Childhood Development
    Presented by Candice L. Robinson, MD, MPH and Jenny Mullen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview: Health and safety practices, including immunization, are the foundation of quality child care settings. Early childhood programs have an important role to play by ensuring their own staff are vaccinated, verifying the immunization status of children, and educating parents about the benefits of following the CDC immunization schedule. This practical webinar featured Dr. Candice Robinson and Jenny Mullen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:00 pm EDT

Overview: Each year, 12,000 babies with serious but treatable conditions grow up healthy, thanks to newborn screening. Whether you’re a health professional or an expecting parent, it is important to know the facts about your baby’s first test. This presentation will provide a background on newborn screening, discuss the importance of education and engagement throughout the newborn screening experience, and share available resources for both families and health professionals. Since September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month, Ms. Jackie Seisman will also provide an update on educational and awareness efforts from Baby’s First Test, the nation’s clearinghouse for newborn screening information.

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About ZERO TO THREE Virtual Events

FREE for ZERO TO THREE members, our virtual events are developed and presented by our expert staff and affiliates. Not able to participate in real time? After each event, non-member registrants will receive a link to a recording that will be available for 30 days. ZERO TO THREE members may view recordings of all of our previous virtual events, free of charge.

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Participants in Virtual Events may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. The $25 CEU processing fee is payable during registration. Find out more about CEUs.
ZERO TO THREE Members receive 20% off CEU fees.

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