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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: What is Health Equity?

April 29, 2017

Health equity means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “place” and “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Health equity means that everyone, at any time and in any place, can work for better health for all.[…..]

QT30: Music Matters

April 20, 2017

Get your baby movin’ and groovin’! Music can be a fun, joyous way to spend quality time with your little one. Sing along to your favorite songs or dance around the living room. Collect pots, pans, plastic bowls, spoons and spatulas from your kitchen. Set up a drum station for your baby. Sing a song,[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: The Best Baby Shower Gift to Receive

April 11, 2017

Baby showers are a time to celebrate mom-to-be and baby! Family and friends gather to share parenting advice and help the new mom prepare for baby. Moms receive baby-welcoming gifts from cute tiny clothes, to soft bath towels and everyday accessories. The best present you can give a new mom is the knowledge of safe sleep.[…..]

2-1-1 HELP ME GROW: Your Baby’s Kicks Count!

April 9, 2017

Did you know your baby’s kicks are telling you something? Counting kicks during every pregnancy is important. It helps you monitor your baby’s health and may help to prevent stillbirth. You should keep track of your baby’s kicks when you hit your 24th week of pregnancy. It’s important to know what times are best to[…..]

HOME VISITING: Are You Experiencing Postpartum Depression? A Home Visitor Can Help!

April 5, 2017

Postpartum depression (PPD) affects 1 out of 7 new moms. It’s a strong feelings of sadness that can last for a long time. This sadness can make it hard for you to take care of your baby. PPD can happen in the weeks following childbirth. The most important thing to remember if you have PPD[…..]