Newborn Screening: A Mother’s Story

September 17th, 2013

by Kristine Brite McCormick Founder, Cora’s Story Board of Directors, Save Babies Through Screening Foundation Four years ago, I was spending late September planning a future with my husband and our daughter, who was kicking like crazy in my growing belly as I entered my final trimester of my first pregnancy. I had no idea…  read more >>

A Pertussis Shot for Mom-to-Be = A Shot of Protection for Baby

August 19th, 2013

New immunization recommendation for pregnancy will help prevent deadly pertussis in infants. In the spring of 2012, two months after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Detroit mom Veronica McNally got sick with pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Her three-year-old son also came down with the highly-contagious respiratory infection. And so did newborn…  read more >>

National Breastfeeding Month 2013: It’s Time for Action!

August 6th, 2013

by Kathleen Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP Chair, United States Breastfeeding Committee August is National Breastfeeding Month and we have much to celebrate! The national breastfeeding community is rallying together like never before, and more families are receiving the support they need and deserve. Breastfeeding initiation and duration rates continue to climb, and racial disparities…  read more >>

Learn the New Rules for Sunscreen

July 3rd, 2013

This summer, parents concerned about protecting children’s delicate skin will notice a new look to sun protection products. By the end of 2012, most sunscreen sold in the U.S. had to comply with new labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The aim? Helping consumers make informed purchases based on clear, accurate information….  read more >>

Help More Babies Survive the First Day

June 21st, 2013

by Janice Frey-Angel, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition This column originally appeared on Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood blog May 15, 2013. What is the riskiest, most dangerous day of a person’s life? You might be surprised to learn that the most dangerous day of anyone’s life is the first day he or she is born. In…  read more >>

10 Ways Dads Make a Difference

June 14th, 2013

June 16th is for celebrating dads! As Father’s Day arrives in the U.S. and many other countries around the world, we pause to honor the importance of dads to children and families. Biological and adoptive fathers, married and single fathers, gay and straight fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers raising grandchildren, and other father figures are making a…  read more >>

Protect Children from Hot Car Dangers: Get Prevention-Smart on Safe Kids Day

May 17th, 2013

by Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Golden Gate Weather Services We’ve all heard about an isolated incident of a child dying in a hot car. However, when put into a nationwide context these cases constitute an epidemic, claiming on average 38 innocent lives every year in the United States. Since 1998, more than 559 infants…  read more >>

Celebrating National Women’s Health Week

May 15th, 2013

New Moms & Mental Health: Tips for National Women’s Health Week Nancy C. Lee, M.D. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health-Women’s Health Director, Office on Women’s Health As the director of the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), I care deeply about the health and wellbeing of women…  read more >>

Mom’s Health Matters

May 10th, 2013

Mom’s Health Matters (On Mother’s Day & Every Day) At HMHB, we celebrate motherhood all year long – and work every day to promote maternal health and safety.  But on this special day for honoring mothers, we are especially mindful of mom’s health, and the many ways in which it matters. It is particularly difficult…  read more >>

Celebrating National Minority Health Month

April 12th, 2013

Advancing Health Equity for Moms, Babies, & Families: National Minority Health Month 2013 In the U.S., too many parents lose a child before celebrating the joy of a first birthday. And too many babies are born too early and too small. This health crisis affects all families and communities, but is a disproportionately heavy burden…  read more >>