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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.

Tobacco and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

May 31, 2014

Today is World No Tobacco Day! Women who smoke during pregnancy put themselves at a higher risk of miscarriage. Smoking harms the placenta, the baby’s source of food and oxygen, by separating it from the womb and causing growth disruption. This disruption puts the baby at risk for: –          Premature birth –          Low birth weight[…..]

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May 30, 2014

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, and we would like to encourage all new, expecting, and potential mothers to “Speak up when you’re down.” So much happens when you are pregnant and become a new mother—your body, lifestyle, and attention shifts in order to make way for your baby. With all these new transitions,[…..]

Teen Prom Pressure

May 13, 2014

Making sure you and your date are in matching colors isn’t the only part of prom night that should coordinate. May is the National Month to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and since nearly all teenaged pregnancies are not planned, now is as good a time as any to talk with your prom date about how the[…..]

12-Month Development Milestones

May 12, 2014

Congratulations and happy first birthday to your baby! You have probably noticed some major changes in your baby over the past few months.  Their communication skills are quickly developing and they are even starting to form their first words. It may be hard to believe, but every day your baby is becoming more aware of[…..]

Help Me Grow and Home Visiting: A Match for Success

May 7, 2014

Are you feeling overwhelmed about your new role as a parent? Are you worried about providing the best possible care for your baby? Help Me Grow and Home Visiting are two programs that work together to help your baby succeed.  Both programs can connect you with the right services, programs, and information to provide extra[…..]