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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.

7 Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Should Stay a Part of Your 2014 Resolutions

January 31, 2014

Quitting smoking may be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for millions of people across the country. However, many end up giving up as soon as they cross off the first couple of weeks. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, make this goal a top priority for 2014, as smoking[…..]

5 Things You Can Start Doing Today To Prevent Birth Defects

January 31, 2014

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and while the month may be almost over, the campaign to help you prevent birth defects in your baby is not! Not all birth defects can be prevented, but there are ways a woman can increase her chances of having a healthy baby and preventing some types of birth[…..]

Home Visiting Programs can Improve Children’s Long Term Development, Health and Behavioral Outcomes

January 29, 2014

Besides learning about tips and practices for infant care, Home Visiting programs often have goals to yield outcomes in other areas for the child and the family. One of the outcomes is general child development and school preparedness for the infant who is benefiting from the home visits. Some Home Visiting models focus on getting[…..]

Benefits of the Home Visiting Program

January 22, 2014

The stress of a newborn in any household can be daunting. Today’s economic crisis has only made things harder for families especially those dealing with poverty, depression or isolation. The sad reality is that many families go through this process alone and do not have the help, guidance and the support they need. Home Visiting[…..]

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Health Equity Awards

January 16, 2014

It’s Time to Recognize Delaware’s Health Equity Champions! Everyone should have the same opportunity to live a long and healthy life. And, making sure that opportunity for health is open to all takes special work and special effort. Do you know an individual or organization that is going the extra mile to promote health equity[…..]

Why were the Home Visiting Programs created?

January 15, 2014

Just like you, we want the best for your baby and all of Delaware’s babies. That’s why we want to provide you with the best resources possible to help you give your baby the best care! Delaware wants to offer you a free program to help you get your baby off on the right foot.[…..]

Benefits of Folic Acid for Women

January 8, 2014

This week we celebrate the benefits of folic acid by taking part in the Folic Acid Awareness Week. We invite you to learn more about its benefits and including it in your daily diet. Folic acid is a B-vitamin that our bodies need to make new cells and its benefits are largely celebrated. One of[…..]

When Do Home Visits Begin And What Are Sessions Like?

January 1, 2014

From the day of conception to the day you give birth, your health and your baby’s health are both very important. The Home Visiting program intends to help you both stay healthy, as well as help you prepare for the birth of your child. The program is designed to offer the support you need for[…..]