1st Phase: Before Birth

Children’s Wellness:
your wellness is our mission!


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TLC: Breastfeeding Video

Invest in the future: breastfeed your baby.  Learn more at: Health Department Breastfeeding Services.


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Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

The last few weeks of pregnancy are essential in infant developement.  Often deliveries are being scheduled early for non-medical reasons.  Research has proven that a pregnancy until at least 39 weeks gives a baby all the time he needs to grow and develop.  Learn more at: March of Dimes: Healthy Babies.


Smoking During Pregnancy

Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be born early, to have birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, or to have low birthweight.  Learn how to stop smoking at: Stop Smoking.


Prevent Birth Defects

In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes. Some infections before and during pregnancy can hurt both mothers and their babies. All mothers can prevent infections to protect their babies by properly preparing food, talking to their healthcare provider, protecting themselves from animals and insects known to carry diseases, and maintaining good hygiene. Learn more: National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN).


Safe Sleep for All Babies Video

Help protect your newborn from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, strangulation, entrapment, and smothering which can be caused by an unsafe sleep environment.  Learn more: Safe Sleep for Babies.


The Period of PURPLE Crying

Babies tend to cry more from about two weeks until about three to four months of age.  Some infants cry more than others!  Never shake your baby.  Learn more at: Purple Crying.


WIC

WIC (Women-Infants-Children) is a supplemental food program, which supplies nutritious foods to pregnant, postpartum, breast-feeding women, and infants/children less than five (5) years of age.  Learn more at: WIC.


HANDS

HANDS is a volunteer educational program for new parents.  Learn more at: HANDS.


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Expecting a baby?  Have a baby under one?  Get FREE text messages to keep you and baby healthy.  Text “BABY” to 511411.  Learn more at: text4baby.


Prenatal Services

Research has shown women who start prenatal care early in their pregnancy tend to have fewer complications and deliver healthier babies than women who delay or have inadequate prenatal care.  Make sure to schedule and keep your prenatal appointments.


The links below lead to videos and resources to assist you at key milestones in your child’s development.

• Before Birth
• 0-4 Months
• 4-8 Months
• 8-12 Months
• 1st Year
• 2nd Year
• 3rd Year
• 4th Year
• 5th Year – Teen