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Preschool Days are Here: Happy 4th Birthday, Text4baby

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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 >>

Pregnancy, Parenting, & the Flu Shot: What You Should Know

Friday, December 13th, 2013

by Bette Begleiter & Mazvita Nyamukapa Maternity Care Coalition Many of us have suffered through the flu without tragic consequences. But it is important to remember that the virus can have catastrophic complications that can result in death – especially among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, immune-compromised individuals, and…  read more >>

A New Tool for Family Flu Protection

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

by Mark Smolinski Director of Global Health Threats Skoll Global Threats Fund Among a mom’s top priorities is knowing her child’s environment and providing protection, especially during baby’s earliest weeks and months. But busy parents need quality resources and up-to-date information to help them keep their children healthy and safe. Advances in technology have expanded…  read more >>

When Grandparents Have Different Parenting Practices Than You Do

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

by Janice Frey-Angel, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition This column originally appeared on What To Expect’s Word of Mom blog November 14, 2013. Before I came to work in maternal-child health, my daughter announced that she was expecting our first grandchild. Needless to say, my husband and I were thrilled. My son-in-law is an infectious…  read more >>

National Premature Infant Health Coalition: Making a Difference During Prematurity Awareness Month and Throughout the Year

Friday, November 15th, 2013

by Andrea Goodman Maternal & Child Health Director National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)   The maternal and infant health field has made immense strides in prematurity prevention over the last decade. It is invigorating to be a part of, but it was also urgent that we prioritized it. Preterm birth is the leading…  read more >>

Protecting Your Baby During Sleep

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

by Laura L. Reno Director, Marketing & Communications Program Director – Family Support First Candle   Did you know that as a new parent one of the most important decisions you will make is where you place your baby to sleep? It’s an important decision I know each and every one of you take very…  read more >>

Fighting Flu, One Text4baby Mom At A Time

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Cool weather. Colorful leaves. And the arrival of influenza, with flu protection joining the “to do” lists of busy moms everywhere. It’s fall! And it’s the time of year we’re especially excited about the potential of our text4baby service to help pregnant women, new moms, and their babies stay healthy. The nation’s largest mobile health…  read more >>