Whatcom County is the 9th most populous county in WA. Approximately 40% of the population lives in Bellingham, the largest city in the county, 17% live in the six smaller cities, and approximately 42% live in unincorporated rural areas. Each year over 2,000 babies are born in Whatcom County and in general the population of children under 5 are more racially and ethnically diverse than the population of Whatcom County as a whole. Additionally, nearly 44% of Whatcom County’s youngest children live in families that lack economic security and are living under 200% federal poverty level (FPL).


Whatcom Co Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
Meets Quarterly

Next meeting: January 19, 2023,


Whatcom Co Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
For more info about upcoming meetings please contact Allison Williams at AWilliam@co.whatcom.wa.us.

In January of 2017, the First Steps Coalition of Whatcom County formed a Task Force on Perinatal Mental Health. The Whatcom County First Steps Coalition functions to coordinate services, develop prioritized needs, and inform community planning related to pregnant and parenting women. The Coalition members provide expert information related to the current service landscape for maternal child health and identified unmet needs.

Find out more about what's happening in WA state! use our interactive map to see where we hosted perinatal mental health training in the last 2- 3 years, or find out about local initiatives to get involved in.