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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

HEALTH EQUITY: Location. Location. Location. Is your zip code hazardous to your health?

October 17, 2017

Zip codes matter. It may be no fault of your own, but where you live has a lot to do with your health. People who live in one zip code can have a poorer quality of life than people in the zip code right next door! Find out how your neighborhood could be affecting the[…..]

HOME VISITING: Caring for a newborn

October 13, 2017

Whether you are a new mom, dad, grandparent, or friend, holding and caring for a newborn can be nerve-racking! They are small, sensitive and fragile. It might be frightening at first, but the bond between you and the baby is far more precious. Here are some tips to make you feel more comfortable while holding[…..]

QT30: Alternative activities with arts and crafts

September 28, 2017

When it comes to quality time with your child, arts and crafts is a great way to switch it up! This will give you a chance to do something fun together. Physical activity is important for your kid’s health, but so is mental activity. Arts and crafts allows your child to take a visual and[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Oral Health Habits

September 25, 2017

Your teeth are an extension of your body. It is just as important to practice good oral health as it is to take care of the rest of your body. Taking good care of your teeth is necessary, especially if you have a child. Here a few useful oral health tips to help you both[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Access to healthcare and you

September 22, 2017

Health Equity is all about giving everyone an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible. In a perfect world, we would have health equity. Unfortunately, various facets of inequality such as race or social class keep certain groups from achieving a healthy life. One factor that frequently prevents health equity is equal access to[…..]

HOME VISITING: What to expect at your first prenatal check up

September 20, 2017

If you’re an expecting mom there’s so much to think about and plan for. Somewhere at the top of your list should be scheduling a prenatal visit with your healthcare provider. These appointments are important to make and attend during your pregnancy. They help keep track of you and your baby’s health! The first visit[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Room-sharing and bed-sharing. What’s the difference?

September 10, 2017

Babies love it when you hold them close. Parents feel most protective when baby is in their arms. When it’s naptime or bedtime most parents think about taking the baby into bed with them. This is known as bed-sharing. Parents are strongly encouraged, by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to NOT share a bed[…..]

HELP ME GROW: From toothless grin to perfect smile. What to know about your baby’s first teeth

August 28, 2017

If you think your baby’s toothless grin is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance. Around six to twelve months of age, your baby will start teething. It’s an exciting time as a parent, but it can turn your baby’s smile upside down. Teething can cause him or her some pain,[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: What are health disparities and what can you do to prevent them?

August 26, 2017

Health disparities can happen to anyone at any time in anyplace. A health disparity is when you experience a disadvantage or difference in access to health facilities and services because of your social, economic or environmental status. Now, what exactly does that mean? Let’s pull an example for each of these categories to better help[…..]

HOME VISITING: Communicating as a team

August 23, 2017

Every day is a new learning experience for new parents. Home visiting provides parents with information, support, and encouragement needed to raise a child in a positive environment. The program gives families the confidence to raise a healthy and smart baby. Your individual home visitor will also be around to guide you through feeding times,[…..]