Parents & Caregivers
Breastfeeding can give your baby the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding enhances bonding, has health benefits for both mom and baby, and is much cheaper than formula.
Parenting How do I get my baby to settle down for sleep? When should I call my pediatrician? when do I start my baby on solids? Check out these resources for how to take care of your baby.
+ The Midshore WIC program provide food benefits and help with breastfeeding, nutrition for your family and much more.
HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) can help you find the prenatal and family health care you need, even if you don't have health insurance.
HCAM can connect you with people and programs to help with other problems, too. HCAM can help you find support to deal with:
Serious health problems
Children in foster care
Substance abuse addiction
Immigration issues.. and other issues, as well.
+ Call 410-649-0526 today to talk to an experienced advocate who can help you find the services and support you need.
+ Sign up for food benefits and education on nutrition, breastfeeding and more. Call 410-479-8060 (WIC) or click here.
+ If you need counseling about alcohol, medications, and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, call 1-866-626-6847 for free expert
advice or visit MotherToBaby.org.
+ Find information and answers about pregnancy, your baby, folic acid, genetic disorders, prematurity, birth defects and much more
Coping with an Infant Death Whether a miscarriage, stillborn death, or the loss of a baby after birth, the death of a child is devastating. If you have suffered the death of a child, please be assured that there are many people who are trained to help you cope with the grieving process
+ The Pregnancy & Infant Loss Partnership of the Mid-Shore Region (Brochure)
+ First Candle http://www.firstcandle.org/grieving-families/grief-resources
+ National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Resource Center: http://www.sidscenter.org
+ March of Dimes: Loss & Grief :http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/loss.html
Baby Sleep Safe Infant sleep-related deaths are one of the leading causes of infant death in Baltimore City, and they are overwhelmingly preventable.
Families and caregivers can keep babies safe by following these rules:
+ Alone. Babies should never sleep with anyone else. Share a room, but not a bed with your baby.
+ Back. Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are less likely to choke when on their backs.
+ Crib. Babies should always sleep in a crib – every night and every nap. The crib should be clean and clear. There should be no toys or blankets
in the crib.
+ Don’t Smoke. Never smoke cigarettes or marijuana in a home with babies, young children, or pregnant women. Smoke in the home makes it
harder for babies to breathe well.
+ When the cold weather approaches, be careful not to overheat your baby. When inside, dress your baby in the same number of layers that you are wearing. If you are comfortable in a room, your baby is too.
Smoking Smoking is not only bad for you, it’s harmful to those around you – especially if you’re pregnant or have a baby. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb and after birth are at increased risk of low birth-weight and SIDS. Research has found that babies who were exposed to smoke in the womb were five times more likely to die from SIDS than babies not exposed to cigarette smoke.
If you’re pregnant and don’t smoke or already quit:
Every day that you do not smoke, you are doing something great for yourself and your baby so you should be proud of yourself. To fully protect your baby, your baby’s daycare center or caregiver’s home should smoke-free as well.
If you’re pregnant and smoke:
If you quit during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to:
Be born healthy
Have strong lungs that work well
Be less fussy and develop fewer earaches
Get sick less.
And you will:
Have more energy and breathe more easily
Save money that you can spend on other things
Have better smelling hair and clothes
Enjoy the taste of your food more
Feel good knowing you’ve done something great for yourself and your baby.
+ Maryland 1-800-QUITNOW Line: http://www.smokingstopshere.com
+ CDC's Tips from Former Smokers: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/
+ Become an Ex: http://www.becomeanex.org
+ You Quit Two Quit: http://www.youquittwoquit.com
+ Smokefree: http://www.smokefree.gov/
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