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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.

HOME VISITING: Pregnancy Complications

March 18, 2019

A first time pregnancy is a joyous time. It can also bring many worries. It can be scary to learn that you have pregnancy complications. There can be problems with your health or problems with your baby’s health. At the next appointment, your doctor might share information on what can happen during pregnancy. The information[…..]

HELP ME GROW: COLD SEASON

February 11, 2019

  Cold and flu season is here!  It’s true, your baby can get a cold any time of the year. But, the winter tends to bring more germs than usual. Your baby is still building up their immune system. It is easier for him or her to pick up germs. Family members or child care[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: 2019 COMMUNITY HEALTH CHAMPION AWARDS

February 11, 2019

What does a community health champion look like? Do they need to be a doctor? Can they be a community health worker? Can a local clinic be a community health champion? The answer is yes to all! A community health champion is any person or organization that goes the extra mile to improve the health[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – KEEP YOUR GRANDBABY SAFE

January 28, 2019

Let us face the truth! Grandparents love their grandchild — probably just as much as you do. They love their little toes and fingers. They love their smiles. A relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is special. They will do anything to keep the little one safe. That is why it is important for[…..]

HOME VISITING – PREGNANCY SWELLING

January 22, 2019

Are you expecting? Every month of pregnancy, you will experience a new change to your body. Your belly will get bigger. Your hair might look shinier. Some changes will be more apparent than other changes. Every pregnancy is different. Some woman can experience pregnancy swelling. Pregnancy swelling is normal. Your hands face, feet or ankles[…..]

SAFE SLEEP POPULAR PRODUCT 5: Baby Rocker

December 2, 2018

New parents will receive a lot of advice when their baby is born. There are many different opinions – from friends, family, and the internet – on how to care for a baby. How and where to put your infant to sleep may be one of them. Parents want to keep their baby safe, comfortable,[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Neighborhood Health

December 1, 2018

Long-lasting stress wears down our bodies and increases the risk of disease. What we might not realize is that stresses from living in our neighborhood or from our home are contributing factors. When we experience this, we are not able to live our healthiest lives. Where you live can increase the risk of stress. Long[…..]

SAFE SLEEP POPULAR PRODUCT 4: Bassinet

November 24, 2018

  Before your baby arrives, there is a lot of setting up to do. You will probably think about the best place for your baby to sleep. You should also think about the safest place for your baby to sleep! Infants sleep a lot during the first few months. It is important to create a[…..]

HOME VISITING: Baby Skin Care

November 20, 2018

  Bringing your baby home is wonderful! No matter how prepared you feel there is always something new to learn. Everything from their head to their tiny toes is delicate. This includes your baby’s skin! Every baby is different. Some will have soft, perfect skin. Your baby might have dry, flaky skin. Sometimes a baby[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Benefits of Unstructured Playtime

November 14, 2018

  Playtime. It is the source of laughter, excitement and good old fun. Yet, playtime is more than that. It is an important time for your growing child. Unstructured playtime gives your child the chance to learn through play. Every day your baby will learn something new. Playtime is the perfect time for them to[…..]