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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.

Safe Sleep: Smoke-Free Living

February 24, 2016

It is no secret that smoking harms our bodies, both internally and externally. Even the slightest exposure to secondhand smoke can be detrimental to you and your family’s health. The CDC reports that around “88 million children and adults who do not smoke are exposed to other people’s smoke.” Imagine what happens to a baby,[…..]

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[…..]

7 Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Should Stay a Part of Your 2014 Resolutions

January 31, 2014

Quitting smoking may be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for millions of people across the country. However, many end up giving up as soon as they cross off the first couple of weeks. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, make this goal a top priority for 2014, as smoking[…..]