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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.

Prenatal Infection Prevention Month: 3 Infections to Know About if You’re Pregnant

February 23, 2015

Creating a healthy life for your baby starts before his or her birth. Preventing infections during pregnancy is a major step mothers need to take. Infections can cause future health problems for your baby like hearing loss and mental disability. Learn about common infections to help your baby thrive. Here are 3 infections that the[…..]

American Heart Month: 4 Healthy Habits for You and Your Kids

February 16, 2015

Most deaths that are caused by CVD (Cardiovascular Disease)  are preventable, yet CVD is the most common cause of adult deaths in America. Luckily, early intervention can prevent CVD and support greater health. Teach your kids to make healthy choices from an early age to lower their risk of CVD at an older age. Healthy lifestyle choices[…..]

Home Visiting: Helping Families “Baby Proof” Their House

February 9, 2015

During pregnancy is a good time to start thinking about if your home is a safe environment for your baby. If you are not sure where to start…. A home visitor can help you create a safe environment for you and your newborn by enrolling in the free Home Visiting program.  The home visitor can[…..]

Safe Sleep: Pacifiers can help a Baby Sleep.

February 2, 2015

A pacifier can soothe and help your baby calm down when he or she is crying. It can also help your baby relax and fall asleep. Studies have shown that pacifiers can reduce the risk of SIDS. If you feel that using a pacifier would help your baby sleep, make sure to follow these steps:[…..]