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Fremont County Youth & Family Resource Guide

The Fremont County Youth & Family Resource Guide is an essential guide that offers a comprehensive list of local services, programs and organizations dedicated to supporting families and youth in Fremont County.

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Baby and Me - Tobacco Free

Baby and Me Tobacco Free is a smoking cessation program that helps pregnant women quit smoking and not begin again after the delivery of their baby. Participants receive smoking cessation information at four prenatal education sessions and take a carbon monoxide breath test to verify smoking status. If a woman quits smoking before delivery, she is eligible to take a breath test monthly and receive $25 worth of diapers or wipes each month for up to one year as long as she doesn't start smoking again. Participants have the option of enrolling one partner as a support person who is also eligible for $25 worth of diapers or wipes each month as long as they stay tobacco free.

Click here to sign up for the program.

Contact The Pregnancy Center or SPIN for more information.

Pregnancy-Related Depression

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after having a baby. Feelings of postpartum depression are more intense and last longer than those of “baby blues,” a term used to describe the worry, sadness, and tiredness many women experience after having a baby. “Baby blues” symptoms typically resolve on their own within a few days.

How Many Women Experience Depression?

Depression is a common and serious illness. A CDC study shows that about one 1 out of 10 women in the United States experience symptoms of depression. Using the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), CDC research shows that nationally, about 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. Estimates of the number of women affected by postpartum depression differ by age and race/ethnicity. Additionally, postpartum depression estimates vary by state, and can be as high as 1 in 5 women.

Depression doesn’t feel the same for everyone. How often symptoms occur, how long they last, and how intense they may feel can be different for each person.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
  • Feelings of irritability or restlessness.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities.
  • Loss of energy.
  • Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions.
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much.
  • Overeating or loss of appetite.
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
  • Aches or pains that do not get better with treatment.

Symptoms of postpartum depression vary person to person including duration and intensity. These symptoms may present like depression but can also include:

  • Crying more often than usual.
  • Feelings of anger.
  • Withdrawing from loved ones.
  • Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby.
  • Worrying that you will hurt the baby.
  • Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for the baby.
  • Risk Factors for Depression
  • Experiences that may put some women at a higher risk for depression can include.
  • Stressful live events.
  • Low social support.
  • Previous history of depression.
  • Family history of depression.
  • Difficulty getting pregnant.
  • Being a mom to multiples, like twins, or triplets.
  • Being a teen mom.
  • Preterm (before 37 weeks) labor and delivery.
  • Pregnancy and birth complications.
  • Having a baby who has been hospitalized.
  • Depression can also occur among women with a healthy pregnancy and birth.


Depression is treatable and most people get better with treatment. If you think you may be depressed, the first step to seeking treatment is to talk to your health care provider. You can ask your health care provider for a referral to a mental health professional or visit CDC’s Resources to find help in your area. See CDC’s depression treatment to learn about seeking treatment for depression.

How Depression Affects Fathers

According to a 2010 study using data from 1993 to 2007, approximately 4% of fathers experience depression in the first year after their child’s birth. By a child’s 12th birthday, about 1 out of 5 fathers will have experienced one or more episodes of depression. Younger fathers, those with a history of depression, and those experiencing difficulties affording items such as a home or car were most likely to experience depression.

Depression is common and treatable. If you think you have depression or postpartum depression, seek treatment from your health care provider as soon as possible.

Pregnancy Related Depression or Anxiety Survey

1 in 7 mothers and 1 in 10 dads will experience some type of pregnancy related depression or anxiety (PRDA). We want to hear your voice! Nobody understands the experiences, feelings and needs of PRDA like those who have lived it. We would like to learn from you about what was helpful, what wasn’t, and what you wish was available.

Fill out the survey here:

Healthy Communities Program

Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment will no longer provide the Healthy Communities Program for Health First Colorado (Medicaid) and Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

Questions concerning Health First Colorado can be addressed by Health Colorado, Inc. at 1-888-502-4186 or your county Department of Human/Social Services whose number may be found at

Questions concerning CHP+ can be addressed by calling CHP+ Customer Service at 1-800-359-1991 or by visiting

Quick Links:

For Healthcare Providers

If you are a healthcare provider for Fremont or Custer County, our Healthy Communities program can help you contact Medicaid or CHP+ patients regarding referrals to a specialist, an unnecessary Emergency Department visit, or a missed appointment in your office.


HCP previously was called the Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs. Now we're known simply as HCP.

HCP programs are located within local public health agencies throughout Colorado and have nurse-led teams with special knowledge of the complexities that families of children and youth with special health care needs experience.

What is HCP?

Who can receive HCP services?

HCP provides services to children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years living in Colorado, who have or are at risk for physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions.

HCP services are tailored to fit the needs of individual families.

HCP has no diagnosis or income restrictions.

Most services are free, and no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.

Breastfeeding Resources

(WIC) Health - Women, Infants, and Children Nutritional Program
Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends)
Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)

3224-A Independence Road, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone (719) 275-1580 or 275-1589

St. Thomas More Birth Center
Lactation and Labor and Delivery Support
1338 Phay Ave
Canon City, Colorado 81212
719-285-2043 OR 719-571-3018
Birth Center CommonSpirit Health

Canon City Pregnancy Center
508 Greenwood
Canon City, Colorado 81212

La Leche League - Breastfeeding
For more information contact
Jennille 719-372-6547 or Angela 719-372-6547

Office On Women’s Health
Call the OWH HELPLINE: 1-800-994-9662
Monday — Friday 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. ET,

Labor Standards & Statistics

Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics 1-303-318-8441

Find a Pump

WIC- Women, Infants, and Children Nutritional Program
Offering supplemental food assistance for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, infants and children under five. Also offering nutrition education and support for those families including information, breast pumps and encouragement.
3224-A Independence Road, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone (719) 275-1580 or 275-1589 Fax (719) 275-2907

Pumping Breast Milk

Information on Breastfeeding Friendly Employers

Breastfeeding moms face logistical obstacles to being successful. As an employer, you can be supportive and help your staff provide the ideal nutrition for their babies. Breastfeeding friendly employees have healthier work forces and overall better morale.

Benefits to the Bottom Line

Providing support for nursing women at work is good for your business. Family-friendly practices can produce a 3 to 1 return on investment due to:

  • Lower health care costs due to healthier babies and moms
  • Reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness (among both mothers and fathers)
  • Lower turnover rates
  • Improved employee productivity and loyalty
  • A more family-friendly image in the community

Being a breastfeeding friendly employer is a strategic way to attract, retain, and engage mothers with infants. This is one of the fastest growing segments in the American workforce.

Employer Responsibilities

Breastfeeding Laws and Accommodations
Employer Assessment Earning the Breastfeeding Friendly Designation for your Organization/Employer/Worksite
Public Spaces Agreement Form Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Public Space