Webinar: Home Visiting 101

What is home visiting and what does it look like in Los Angeles County? Michaela Ferrari, coordinator of the Los Angeles County Perinatal and Early Childhood Home Visitation Consortium, presents a comprehensive overview in this webinar, recorded June 26, 2017.

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Video: How #HomeVisitingWorks: Melissa and Lauriel Share Their Experience

Looking back on being pregnant, Melissa recalls having mixed emotions. “I was really worried about having postpartum depression again like I did with my first son,” she says. But when she gave birth she learned at the hospital that she could receive free home visiting services. And that support has helped her and her family in many ways.

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Important Vaccinations for Children and Pregnant Women: Handouts and Tools for Parents

A new study shows that pregnant women can protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough. Included here are handouts and other resources to help keep pregnant women and new parents on track with vaccinations for themselves and their children.

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Video: My #HomeVisiting Experience: Araceli and Yani

Araceli, a mother of three, says things are different now. When she had her son 13 years ago she didn’t know how important it was to read and talk to a baby. But when she gave birth to her third child, she learned about home visiting.

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Video: ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop, New Toolkit for Immigrant Families

In the mid-19th century, the Irish comprised nearly half of all immigrants to the United States. So perhaps it was fitting that three South L.A. home visiting agencies spent their St. Patrick’s Day learning how to better support the immigrant families they serve.

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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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