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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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Cord blood a key to saving lives, treating diseases

By | November 15th, 2021|Preparedness|

A joyous occasion for parents around the world – the birth of a baby – can bring something just as miraculous to patients. Cord blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a child is born is helping doctors treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases. The collection process occurs after the baby is [...]

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Urgent CDC Announcement Strongly Recommends Vaccination for Pregnant Women

By | October 5th, 2021|Preparedness|

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy.  That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It points to low vaccination rates among women who are pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant, and who want to [...]

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Hear Her: Learn the urgent maternal warning signs to help save women’s lives

By | September 20th, 2021|Prevention|

Any mom’s life lost is one too many. Over the years, maternal deaths and other complications that occur during and after pregnancy have been on the rise nationwide and in Arizona.  In our state, about 70 women die each year, and about a third of these die from pregnancy-related complications, with the largest burden being [...]

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CDC strengthens recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

By | August 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

Among the #VaxFacts videos we launched last week is one noting there’s no evidence that getting vaccinated can affect your fertility. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has strengthened its recommendation that pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19. This is based on a new analysis of current data that found no increase [...]

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CDC Releases the 2018 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report

By | October 8th, 2019|Preparedness|

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) have surged for a fifth consecutive year, reaching an all-time high nationwide. What is most concerning is the rise in syphilis, which has led to multiple stillbirths and many more babies spending their first 10 days of their life hospitalized for syphilis treatment. Last year, Arizona reported 61 cases of syphilis [...]

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Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Starts Data Collection

By | May 2nd, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) started its first data collection cycle last month. PRAMS is a joint research project between our agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. Every month, Arizona PRAMS will mail a questionnaire packet to [...]

New Report Asks Physicians to Support Increased Breastfeeding

By | November 9th, 2016|Prevention|

Supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies is an important part of the Arizona Department of Health Services efforts to decrease childhood obesity. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has just updated their recommendations for primary care providers to include breastfeeding support during pregnancy and after birth. Evidence shows that these steps can increase the duration [...]

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A Healthy Start: Pregnancy and Vaccines

By | August 12th, 2016|Preparedness|

As we continue our recognition of August as National Immunization Awareness Month, we want to take this week to remind pregnant women about the importance of immunizations to protect themselves and their babies. During pregnancy, you are often thinking about baby names, nursery colors, and prenatal vitamins, but you should also be thinking about vaccines. Vaccines [...]

Birth Defects Prevention Month Highlights Preconception Health

By | January 27th, 2016|Preparedness, Prevention|

Earlier this month I highlighted Folic Acid Awareness Week and PowerMeA2Z as part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month. I also want to recognize Governor Doug Ducey's proclamation declaring January 2016 as Birth Defects Prevention Month in Arizona. There are approximately 700 serious birth defects reported each year in Arizona, which are tracked by the [...]

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