January Is Birth Defects Prevention Month: Are Local Health Departments Ready?

Q&A with NACCHO Board Member Sandra Elizabeth Ford, MD, MPH
Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health

A baby is born with a birth defect in the United States every 4.5 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Birth defects are defined as any structural changes present at birth that affect how the body looks, works, or both, and they can vary from mild to severe. While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are concrete steps pregnant mothers can take to increase the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.  In honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the CDC released a resource guide providing pregnant moms tips for preventing birth defects.

In addition to guidance provided by CDC, many local public health departments provide prenatal care for expectant moms. Below is Q&A with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board Member Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia.  NACCHO represents the nation’s 3,000 local health departments.

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Neonatal Nurses Receive Recognition for Quality Care

Last week the Council of International Neonatal Nurses held its eighth conference in Belfast, Ireland. Designed for researchers and health professionals, the conference provided three days of networking, talks, and critical discussions about the latest global insights, trends, and clinical practices that will keep more babies alive. During the conference three outstanding neonatal nurses were recognized for their relentless work with babies, especially in low … Continue reading Neonatal Nurses Receive Recognition for Quality Care

4 Ways You Can Help Save Newborn Lives

Last week the Global Newborn Health Conference took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the first conference to gather leading experts and NGOs together working to reduce  newborn mortality,  one solid, unified voice emerged committed to saving more newborn lives not in lip service, but rather in actionable ideas and steps to reach Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 by 2015. Reaching MDG4 globally is a daunting task to be … Continue reading 4 Ways You Can Help Save Newborn Lives

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Increases in Kenya

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life is what will keep her the most healthy. There is good news out of Kenya. Exclusive breastfeeding has increased to 32% from a mere 13% in 2003. Exclusive breastfeeding helps keep babies healthy and it also provides a buffer for mother to child HIV transmission by four times. In September Kenya passed a new law … Continue reading Exclusive Breastfeeding Increases in Kenya

[Infographic] Nourishing 50 Million Moms and Children Around the World

If there is one global issue I am highly concerned about it’s food security. It literally pains me that there are children who woke up this morning and won’t eat all day. All day! It saddens me that there is a breastfeeding mom somewhere in the world who can’t get the proper nourishment to feed not only herself, but also her nursing baby. Or, a … Continue reading [Infographic] Nourishing 50 Million Moms and Children Around the World