ADHS launches ‘Count the Kicks’ to improve birth outcomes

By | January 6th, 2022|Prevention|

How excited did you feel the first time you felt your baby move? What begins like a small flutter in the early stages of pregnancy often progresses to full blown kicks (and punches!) by the third trimester. While it can be great fun for parents to feel or see their baby moving around, paying close [...]

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Follow the ABC’s of Safe Sleep to Keep your Newborn Safe

By | December 8th, 2015|Prevention|

Data from the latest Child Fatality Review shows that more than 82 children less than one year old died in an unsafe sleep environment in Arizona last year. That is a devastating loss to our community, which is why providing education about safe sleeping environments is one of our top priorities. We have been working on reducing [...]

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Arizona babies receive good grades in latest Report Card

By | November 5th, 2015|Prevention|

The March of Dimes released its 2015 Premature Birth Report Card today giving our state a “B” grade. New this year, the annual report card ranked state cities and revealed Arizona has a 9 percent preterm birth rate. The report card grades Arizona cities with the greatest number of births on their 2013 preterm birth rates. [...]

Arizona WIC Program Campaign “You Do a Lot” Helps Increase Participation

By | October 14th, 2015|Prevention|

Between April and September, the Arizona WIC Program's outreach efforts included a new project to increase awareness of the WIC Program and increase participation among eligible women, infants, and children. The project has been a success with an increase of more than 10,000 participants a month. In September, more than 153,000 individuals received WIC services [...]

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New Online Course Addresses Perinatal Depression

By | September 10th, 2015|General|

Perinatal depression is one of the most common medical complications women experience during pregnancy and the first 12 months after delivery.  It can affect up to one in seven women and if left untreated and undetected, perinatal depression can be damaging to the growth and healthy development of very young children as well as the [...]

Breastfeeding is Helping to Reduce Childhood Obesity

By | August 12th, 2013|General|

Increasing the percentage of women that choose to breastfeed is a critical evidence-based practice for addressing the childhood obesity epidemic.  Here in Arizona, we have a lot to celebrate during World Breastfeeding Week- because of our collective work to increase breastfeeding is paying off.  Arizona’s percentage of babies who begin breastfeeding has jumped to 83% [...]

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Pregnancy & Group B Strep

By | July 24th, 2013|Prevention|

Decisions about what to do to protect babies born at home from Group B Streptococcus caused quite a stir as we were developing our final regulations for the practice of Midwifery in AZ.  Group B Streptococcus bacteria are commonly found in healthy women.  In fact, about 25% carry the bacteria.  It doesn’t cause much of [...]

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Show Your Love

By | February 14th, 2013|General, Prevention|

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance, flowers and candy.  The CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a campaign asking all women of childbearing age to Show Your Love by taking good care of themselves.  It’s a national initiative to educate women and couples on the importance of preconception health. Preconception health [...]

Folic Acid Awareness Week

By | January 11th, 2013|Prevention|

Taking a daily multivitamin can save babies lives by preventing birth defects.   Folic acid is a B vitamin can prevent up to 70% of neural tube defects (including spina bifida and anencephaly).   An average of 52 babies are born with neural tube defects in Arizona each year.  The easiest way for women of childbearing age to get [...]

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That Stubborn Whooping Cough

By | July 31st, 2012|Prevention|

Whooping Cough is making headlines again – with more than 18,000 cases in the U.S. and 600 cases so far this year in AZ.  You might wonder why we continue to have lots of whooping cough cases in the US and AZ when the other vaccine preventable diseases are real rare (e.g. measles, mumps etc.).  [...]