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Helping New Moms, One Text at a Time

April 11th, 2014

by Tamara Grider Director of Marketing and Communications, Text4baby National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)  My journey working in maternal and child health began almost two years ago with Text4baby, a service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. Although I was aware of the various health disparities underserved women face every day,…  read more >>


Moms & Gestational Diabetes: What You Need to Know

March 24th, 2014

by Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D. Director, National Diabetes Education Program If you are pregnant or a new mom – congratulations! This is a very exciting time, and a time to focus on your health. If you are pregnant and have gestational diabetes, or if you had diabetes during your pregnancy, you have a greater chance…  read more >>


High-Risk Pregnancy: A Mom’s Story

March 16th, 2014

by Michelle Maslov Forman “It’s positive!” I called my husband at work to tell him the great news. This was going to be our second child, so I thought I knew what to expect. I quickly learned that every pregnancy is different, and it is important to understand the risks associated with possible complications, even if…  read more >>


Why the First 1,000 Days Matter

March 6th, 2014

by Lucy Sullivan Executive Director, 1,000 Days Every mother has a story about the beginnings of her child’s life.  Many of them are joyful, some are heartbreaking, but all of them are important.  And almost all of them will have at least one thing in common: the desire to give their child the absolute best…  read more >>


What Has Text4baby Done for You?

February 24th, 2014

As every parent knows, “They grow up so fast!” At HMHB we’ve felt a bit of that parental wonder this month, in the midst of celebrating Text4baby’s fourth birthday. Our “baby” is growing up. As the nation’s number one mobile health service, Text4baby has shared critical health and safety information with more than 680,000 expecting…  read more >>


Oral Health & Pregnancy: Get the Facts!

February 12th, 2014

              by Patrice Pascual Executive Director, Children’s Dental Health Project   Congratulations, mom-to-be! While it may be far from your mind right now, this is a very important time to think about the health of your teeth and mouth, and the impact it may have on the health of your…  read more >>


Preschool Days are Here: Happy 4th Birthday, Text4baby

February 5th, 2014

  Natasha tells her Text4baby story: I’m a proud Text4baby mom of a 3-year-old boy named Isaiah. I first learned that I was pregnant with Isaiah during a visit to my doctor in early 2010. It was a surprise and I didn’t have many of the resources I needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy. One…  read more >>


Pregnancy & Flu Don’t Mix: Keep Moms-to-Be Healthy This Season

January 21st, 2014

by Siobhan Dolan, M.D. Obstetrician gynecologist and clinical geneticist, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center Medical Advisor, March of Dimes Author of Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby   According to CDC reports, overall flu activity continues to be high. In mid-January, 35 states are reporting widespread flu activity, and 10 flu-related deaths of children have…  read more >>


A New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Moms for Birth Defects Prevention

January 17th, 2014

by Cynthia A. Moore, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Birth defects are common, costly and critical conditions. Did you know that, every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born in the United States with a…  read more >>


2013: A Year of Promise for Healthy Moms & Babies

December 20th, 2013

For maternal and child health, 2013 has been a year of promise. Expanded access to health care and a commitment to reducing disparities, passage of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, revised guidelines for term pregnancy, new recommendations on immunization and oral healthcare during pregnancy, and momentum on issues like maternal mental health and newborn screening are…  read more >>