The GOP Proposal to Replace Obamacare: What Does It Mean for L.A. County Families?

Last week began with House GOP leaders unveiling their plan – the American Health Care Act – to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). LA Best Babies Network is not a political advocacy organization, so we’re not urging you to support or oppose legislation. But, because the Family Strengthening Network (Welcome Baby and its partner home visiting programs in Los Angeles County) helps families navigate the vicissitudes of insurance coverage, we wanted to provide a brief update.

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How to Support Pregnant and Parenting Teens

At our Family Strengthening Network workshop for home visitors, El Nido Family Centers invited two young parents to speak about their experience in El Nido’s Teen Parenting Services programs. We’ve posted video of this impressive mom and dad. Several teen parenting resources are also posted here.

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The Board of Supervisors Lifts Home Visiting to the County Level

“Although 65 percent of California’s children ages birth to three have one or more risk factors indicating that they could greatly benefit from home visitation, home visiting programs reach only 3 percent of all families with young children.” In their motion to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Janice Hahn cite this statistic.

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MCHA’s ‘Welcome Baby’ Program Gets the Bugs Out

Dalia, in her third trimester of pregnancy, told her Welcome Baby home visitor that bed bugs had invaded her home, leaving the family with itchy, burning bites. Naturally, Dalia worried how the bed bugs might harm her newborn baby.

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Here’s Why ‘Baby Talk’ Is Good for Your Baby

Research shows that talking, reading, and singing to babies stimulates brain development. As Duke University’s Catherine E. Laing explains, the way we talk makes a difference too.

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Video: Overview of the Welcome Baby Program

First 5 LA recently posted this nice introduction to the Welcome Baby program. Funded by First 5 LA, Welcome Baby provides a personal parent coach and a nurse visit to help families give their kids the best start. Learn more …

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How to Find Affordable Diapers and Close the #DiaperGap in L.A. County

One in three families in the U.S. struggles to afford diapers for their kids. We’ve compiled a list of organizations and services in Southern California that can help right now.

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Video: ‘Welcome Baby’ Connects South Bay Parents With Community Resources

Parenting education, breastfeeding support, information on infant development and bonding and attachment, plus connections to community services and resources — those are some of the key benefits Welcome Baby provides. And, as Silvia and Abraham explain in this video, those are all the things these parents happily received from the program.

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Video: Parents With Older Children and a Baby Talk About Home Visiting

“When my son was this age I didn’t sing or talk to him — I thought that he didn’t need it,” says Maria, who appears in this video with her husband and baby daughter. “But through you and Welcome Baby, I learned that I need to talk to them since they are born. I see how important it is to talk and sing to them at an early age.”

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Closing L.A. County’s Health Screening Gap With ‘Help Me Grow-LA’

Last week we posted a treasure trove of resources for health screening of infants and toddlers. But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Help Me Grow-LA, an initiative launched in May by First 5 LA and community partners to boost developmental screening rates in L.A. County.

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