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This booklet summarizes what health professionals know about healthy babies and mothers. It shows women how to avoid or reduce the health risks of pregnancy, provides information about the development of healthy infants and toddlers, and outlines the steps of pregnancy from conception to labor and delivery to postnatal care. Having Healthy Babies directs readers to more sources of information and to the latest scientific research
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Additional resources on pregnancy and childbirth are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

About Cesarean Childbirth
American College of Surgeons
Explains what a c-section is, why you might need it, how it’s performed and what to expect after the operation.

Are You at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
General overview of gestational diabetes.

Asthma and Pregnancy
American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology
Provides frequently asked questions about pregnant women who have asthma.

Babies Sleep Safest on Their Backs: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Explains how to reduce the risk of SIDS by putting babies to sleep on their backs.

Breastfeeding Your Baby – Making the Decision Together
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Targets fathers-to-be who may be doubtful about the idea of their child breastfeeding.

Car Safety Tips for You and Your Baby
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Guidelines for using seatbelts when you are pregnant and car seats after your baby is born.

A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool
National Institute for Literacy
Gives parents suggestions, games, and activities for preparing their young child for reading and writing later in life.

Child Health Guide: Put Prevention into Practice
US PHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AP PIP 98-0026
Health record book for a growing child from birth to age 18. Covers a vast array of topics from immunizations and SIDS to nutrition and dental care.

Circumcision
American Academy of Family Physicians
Guide to the pros and cons of circumcision as well as to caring for a newborn baby’s penis, regardless.

Colic: Learning How to Deal with Your Baby’s Crying
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Down Sydrome: What You Need to Know When You’re Pregnant
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines Down Syndrome and discusses who is most at risk of giving birth to a baby with it, as well as how to find out if your baby might have it.

Drinking and Your Pregnancy
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH Publication No. 96-4101
Answers questions about alcohol and drinking during pregnancy, discusses the problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome and provides a list of resources.

An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for African-American Women
Office on Women’s Health
Discusses the benefits of breastfeeding, answers frequently asked questions, and talks about why this is an important issue for the African-American community.

Endometriosis
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives a general overview of endometriosis, including information on its relation to infertility.

Especially for Fathers
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives dads-to-be a general overview of the different stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and life after the baby is born.

Especially for Teens: Having a Baby
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives teens an overview of their choices at the outset of a pregnancy as well as brief highlights of do’s and don’t’s during pregnancy.

Facts About Down Syndrome
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides more technical information about Down Syndrome, including special information about newborns and young children who suffer from it.

Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Explains why fathers should encourage breastfeeding and how they can support the process.

Feeding Baby with Breast Milk or Formula
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Provides tips on breastfeeding and preparing infant formula as well as answering questions about when a baby may begin drinking whole milk.

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy
Weight-Control Information Network
Gives nutrition, weight, and physical activity tips for moms-to-be.

Fitness for Two
March of Dimes
Talks about who should exercise and what types of exercise are best during pregnancy.

Folic Acid
National Women’s Health Information Center
Gives an overview for why you should take folic acid if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Food-Borne Risks in Pregnancy
March of Dimes
Discusses risks some foods may pose to women while they’re pregnant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Postpartum Depression
National Women’s Health Information Center
Answers commonly asked questions about postpartum depression and the “baby blues.” Provides a list of resources.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prenatal Care
National Women’s Health Information Center
Answers many questions about prenatal care for those who are already pregnant or those thinking about it.

Gestational Diabetes: What It Means for Me and My Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines gestational diabetes, provides an overview of nutrition and exercise suggestions, and discusses what happens after the baby is born.

Getting in Tune: The Powerful Influence of Music on Young Children’s Development
Zero to Three
Talks about the effect of music on children up to the age of three.

Having Twins
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses extra risks of multiple births and the additional prenatal care necessary for having twins.

Health Diary
Health Resources and Services Administration
Health diary and resource booklet for a pregnant woman to record all the pertinent information about herself during pregnancy and about the baby after it’s born.

HIV and AIDS in Pregnancy
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, as well as how to reduce the chances of passing either condition on to your fetus or baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and what treatments are available.

HIV, Pregnancy, and AZT
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on, including the use of AZT.

How to Give Medicine to Children
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Gives tips on how medicine is dispensed to children of different ages, as well as how to measure different types of medicines and questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Illegal Drugs and Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses the risks to the mother and baby from using various illegal drugs.

Immunization: Protect the Child, Protect the Future
National Immunization Program
Explains why vaccines are necessary.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 0-4 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby is born until it’s three months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 4-6 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between three and six months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 6-9 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between six and nine months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 9-12 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between nine months and a year old.

Maternal Blood Screening
March of Dimes
Talks about what blood tests screen for, when it’s done and what you should do if you get back an abnormal result.

Milk Matters for Your Child's Health – Parent Brochure
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives general information about the importance of calcium in a child’s healthy diet and the role that milk can play in making sure a child gets enough in his or her diet. Aimed at parents.

Monitoring Fetal Health During Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Talks about five common prenatal tests done to monitor the health of the fetus and who should get additional tests done. Includes a glossary.

Multiples: Twins, Triplets and Beyond
March of Dimes
Discusses why multiple births are more likely today, the extra risks of multiple births and the additional prenatal care necessary for having more than one baby at a time.

Need Help Putting Out That Cigarette?
Smoke Free Families
A guide for helping pregnant women stop smoking and stay smoke-free after they give birth.

Pregnancy and Exercise: What You Can Do for a Healthy Pregnancy
American Academy of Family Physicians
Includes tips on physical fitness during pregnancy as well as warning signs for problems associated with exercising and pregnancy.

Pregnancy and HIV
Project Inform
Discusses good prenatal care, thorough anti-HIV strategies for the baby and mother, a plan for delivery, and the decision of whether or not to breastfeed. Includes a resource guide.

Pregnancy Choices: Raising the Baby, Adoption, and Abortion
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses the various options available to a woman when she finds out she is pregnant.

Pregnancy: Taking Care of You and Your Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about prenatal care, such as what you should eat, whether it’s okay to have sex, and what you can do to feel better if you suffer from some of pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

Pregnancy: What to Expect When Your Due Date Has Passed
American Academy of Family Physicians
Tells you what to expect if you are one or more weeks overdue.

Preparing for Prenatal Care/Preparandose para la atencion prenatal
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Bilingual: English and Spanish. Gives tips for prenatal care. Aimed at pregnant women and their doctors.

Protecting Your Child Against Serious Diseases
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Talks about different types of vaccines and why each one is important.

Protect Your Child from Poisons in Your Home
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tells you how to poison-proof your home as well as the symptoms of poisoning and what to do if you suspect your child has been exposed to poisons.

Routine Tests During Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses which tests done on all pregnant women, why and when tests are performed, and what other tests may be necessary. Includes a glossary.

Simple Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Keep a Baby Healthy
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Gives several tips for reducing a baby’s risk of SIDS. Aimed at Native Americans and Native Alaskans.

Uterine Fibroids
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives general information about the condition as well as its effect on childbearing.

Vaccines for Children Program: Information for Parents
National Immunization Program
Provides information about the low-cost option of getting vaccines for children on Medicaid, children who are un-insured or under-insured, or children who are Native American or Native Alaskan.

What Is the Greatest Gift? Tips That May Save Your Infant’s Life
Greatest G.I.F.T. Foundation
Details dangers of shaking a baby, tips to calm a crying baby, and suggestions on why a baby may cry to excess.

Why Milk Matters Now for Children and Teens
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides general information about the importance of milk in a child’s diet. Aimed at children.

Why Should I Breastfeed?
National Women’s Health Information Center
Answers commonly asked questions about breastfeeding.

WIC Nutrition Program Fact Sheet
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Answers general questions about WIC, such as who is eligible and where it is available.

A Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding
American Academy of Pediatrics
Everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding.

Recursos En Español

Afinándose: La poderosa influencia de la música en el desarrollo de los niños
Zero to Three
Talks about the effect of music on children up to the age of three.

Alimentando a su bebé con leche materna o biberón
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Provides tips on breastfeeding and preparing infant formula as well as answering questions about when a baby may begin drinking whole milk.

Análisis de sangre materna para determinar el riesgo de syndrome de Down y defectos del tubo neural
March of Dimes
Talks about what blood tests screen for, when it’s done and what you should do if you get back an abnormal result.

Asma y embarazo
American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology
Provides frequently asked questions about pregnant women who have asthma.

Cólicos: Aprendiendo a vivir con los llantos de su bebé
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Cómo darles la medicina a los niños
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Gives tips on how medicine is dispensed to children of different ages, as well as how to measure different types of medicines and questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Cómo prevenir la transmission de la infección del VIH de la madre al bebé
Project Inform
Discusses good prenatal care, thorough anti-HIV strategies for the baby and mother, a plan for delivery, and the decision of whether or not to breastfeed. Includes a resource guide.

Consumo de alcohol durante el embarazo
March of Dimes
Talks about what problems alcohol can cause a fetus and how alcohol contributes to the likelihood of miscarriage and stillbirth.

Dar a luz a un bebé sano
Journal of the American Medical Association
Gives suggestions for things to do when pregnant, things to avoid, and signs of trouble.

El VIH y el SIDA en el embarazo
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, as well as how to reduce the chances of passing either condition on to your fetus or baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and what treatments are available.

El Síndrome de Down
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides more technical information about Down Syndrome, including special information about newborns and young children who suffer from it.

Embarazo: Cuidándose a usted misma y a su bebé
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about prenatal care, such as what you should eat, whether it’s okay to have sex, and what you can do to feel better if you suffer from some of pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

Fibromas uterinos
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives general information about the condition as well as its effect on childbearing.

La bebida y su embarazo
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH Publication No. 97-4102
Answers questions about alcohol and drinking during pregnancy, discusses the problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome and provides a list of resources.

La endometriosis
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives a general overview of endometriosis, including information on its relation to infertility.

La importancia de la leche
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides general information about the importance of milk in a child’s diet. Aimed at children.

La leche para la salud de sus hijos
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives general information about the importance of calcium in a child’s healthy diet and the role that milk can play in making sure a child gets enough in his or her diet. Aimed at parents.

Necesito dormir boca arriba: Reduza el riesgo del sindrome de muerte subita del bebe
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives general tips for reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Pongo al bebé dormir boca arriba (Tearpad): Reduzca el riesgo del s índrome de muerte súbita del bebé
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides general information about SIDS.

Preparandose para la atencion prenatal/Preparing for Prenatal Care
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Bilingual: English and Spanish. Gives tips for prenatal care. Aimed at pregnant women and their doctors.

Proteja a su niño contra enfermedades peligrosas
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Talks about different types of vaccines and why each one is important.

Proteja a sus niños de los venenos en su hogar
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tells you how to poison-proof your home as well as the symptoms of poisoning and what to do if you suspect your child has been exposed to poisons.

Riesgos relacionados con alimentación en el embarazo
March of Dimes
Discusses risks some foods may pose to women while they’re pregnant.

Un buen estado físico para los dos
March of Dimes
Talks about who should exercise and what types of exercise are best during pregnancy.

VIH y el Embarazo ¿En cuánto riesgo se encuentra mi bebé?
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on, including the use of AZT.

WIC Preguntas frecuentes
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Answers frequently asked questions about WIC, such as who is eligible and what benefits the program offers to those who are.

 

 

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