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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.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

April 29, 2014

Raising a newborn can be an exciting new role. But it also comes with late nights, lifestyle changes, and exhaustion, leaving new parents prone to feelings of stress and frustration. Across the United States, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a form of abusive head trauma caused from excessive and violent shaking, affects thousands of babies every[…..]

Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

April 26, 2014

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  ASD can effect communication, social Interaction, behavior and attention.  ASD affects each child differently and can range from mild to very severe. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosing ASD[…..]

Toxic Stress and Childhood Development

April 25, 2014

We all know the feeling. You have a crazy day at work, you get in an argument with a friend, and you lose the car keys. Stress is an inescapable part of life that not only gives you a mental headache, but also causes physical harm to your body. When you feel threatened, your body[…..]

How Much Alcohol can you REALLY Have During Pregnancy?

April 22, 2014

Answer – none.  Think of it like this: every time you drink alcohol while you are pregnant, so does your unborn baby. If you are planning to become pregnant, or are currently pregnant, it is important to understand that there is NO SAFE AMOUNT of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy. Not only can[…..]

9-Month Development Milestones

April 21, 2014

Can you believe that your baby is only three short months away from their first birthday? The nine-month mark is an exciting time for your baby as they begin to crawl, stand up and form their first words.  While some of the nine-month developmental milestones will build off of the skills that your baby acquired[…..]

Stress: It Happens to All of Us

April 17, 2014

It happens to all of us. You’re running late for work, fighting with a loved one, you feel a cold coming on and on top of it all…your car won’t start!  Even though you may feel like you are the only one having a mental breakdown, stress is a part of daily life. Stress is[…..]

6-Month Development Milestones

April 15, 2014

Is your baby starting to grab everything in sight? Are they starting to flail their arms to get your attention? These are just two signs that your baby is starting to hit their 6-month developmental milestones! While no two children develop, grow and learn the same way, there are specific cognitive, social, emotional, language, communication[…..]

How Does the 2-1-1 Help Me Grow Helpline Work?

April 8, 2014

The Help Me Grow 2-1-1 helpline has been developed to ensure that your child can connect with the resources they need to help them succeed. If you have a question or concern about your child, the program will work directly with you to identify any potential behavioral and educational challenges, and bring you in contact[…..]

Breastfeeding Resources for the Delaware Mom

April 1, 2014

Breastfeeding is just one special way to bond with your newborn. In addition, there are multiple benefits, such as reduction in food expenses, healthier mothers and babies, and more time spent with your new bundle of joy. While some women know right away that they want to breastfeed, others may have questions.  Not sure if[…..]