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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 >>


Global Immunization: A Mother’s Call to Give All Children a Shot at Life

April 25th, 2014

by Devi R. Thomas Director, Shot@Life Campaign United Nations Foundation My parents migrated to North America from India, a country that has seen recent success in eradicating harmful childhood diseases like polio, but for many years struggled to provide millions of people with access to vaccines. When my sister and I were born, our parents…  read more >>


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 >>