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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.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January 9, 2015

Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with birth defects in the United States. Heart defects, Down syndrome, and cleft lip/palate are the most common birth defects. Fortunately, there are simple ways to lower your risk of these abnormalities. Keep these tips in mind if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy, or know someone who[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]