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Newborn Screening’s Life-Changing Potential: A Family’s Story

September 24th, 2014

by Jana Monaco To some, newborn screening is simply one more uncomfortable medical procedure performed on a newborn in the hospital, before going home with family. Yet those who work on newborn screening education – and families like mine – know it’s a test that can have a profound impact on a baby’s life. I’m…  read more >>


The Importance & Benefits of Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy

September 16th, 2014

Richard H. Beigi, MD Member, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’  (ACOG) Immunization Expert Work Group Associate Professor of Reproductive Sciences, Department of OB/GYN/RS, Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes a reminder that flu season is quickly approaching. Did you know that the…  read more >>


An Alcohol-Free Pregnancy Prevents FASD

September 8th, 2014

Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W. FASD Specialist SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence On a daily basis we are bombarded with health messages to keep ourselves and our families healthy and safe. Physical, social, environmental, and spiritual factors are just a few categories on the spectrum of healthy living. Maintaining this balance while staying up to date on…  read more >>


Make Work and Breastfeeding Work For You

August 15th, 2014

by Dr. Nancy C. Lee Director, Office on Women’s Health Meet Rebecca Flores, a working mother of two. Unable to breastfeed her first child for as long as she wanted, she was determined to continue breastfeeding her second son after her maternity leave ended. When she returned to work as an hourly employee at a…  read more >>


Vaccination is a Family Affair

July 31st, 2014

          by Marla Dalton, CAE Executive Director National Foundation for Infectious Diseases   Whether you are just starting a family or already caring for one, it’s important to keep vaccines in mind to protect yourself and your loved ones. Like eating right, exercising, and getting regular checkups, vaccines also play a…  read more >>


The New Definition of “Full Term”: What Moms Need To Know

July 9th, 2014

Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. Associate Director for Extramural Research Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services As a mother and OB-GYN, I’m not only privileged to have four children of my own, but I’ve shared in the joy when…  read more >>


Overcoming Mental & Physical Trauma After Childbirth: My Story

June 26th, 2014

by Timoria McQueen Maternal Health Advocate In March 2014 I gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl. Although I had a long labor, I delivered my daughter with no complications—a far cry from the first time I gave birth, four years earlier. In April of 2010, just after giving birth to my eldest…  read more >>


Tummy Time’s Role in Boosting Baby’s Development

May 29th, 2014

by Gena Rieger Marketing Associate, Pathways.org You probably know one of the best things you can do for your health is to exercise regularly, but did you know the same goes for your baby? Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in any gym memberships to help your little one meet her developmental milestones—all you need…  read more >>


Child Vehicular Heatstroke: A Mother’s Story

May 22nd, 2014

by Kristie C. Reeves-Cavaliero, Pharm.D Founder, Ray Ray’s Pledge “Forgotten backseat baby” syndrome. Child vehicular heatstroke. Did you ever hear these phrases in your parenting classes? Your hospital discharge counseling after you had your baby? Your pediatrician well-child visits? Nope? I never heard about it either, until after I lived the devastation first-hand. Why is…  read more >>


Maternal Mental Health: An Advocate’s Call-to-Action

May 9th, 2014

by Katherine Stone Founder, Postpartum Progress Postpartum depression (PPD) is real. It doesn’t go away with a 10-day course of antibiotics. It doesn’t reward those who exercise the best, or eat the best or pray the best. It’s not a thing that wanders off without incident when it gets bored with you eventually. Moms don’t…  read more >>