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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Handouts and Guides for Health Screening of Infants and Toddlers

Research shows that developmental delays, learning disorders, and behavioral and social-emotional problems affect roughly 1 in every 6 children. But less than 30 percent of children with developmental delays are identified as needing help before school begins. Because early intervention is key, home visitors in the Family Strengthening Network’s free home visiting programs are trained to screen babies before their first birthday and to help families find specialists when necessary. These home visitors also …

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Full Medi-Cal Benefits Now Available to Undocumented Immigrant Children

Full Medi-Cal coverage is now available to all children of low-income families in California, regardless of immigration status. Get resources to help families enroll their kids, and get the latest numbers on health-care coverage since the new law took effect in May.

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Breastfeeding Awareness: Resources and Research

August is all about breastfeeding awareness. Every year the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee declares it National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM16). The first week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week and August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Here are some resources and the latest related research.

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Video: 2nd Annual Family Strengthening Summit: The Power of Home Visiting

LA Best Babies Network and its partner organizations hosted the second annual Family Strengthening Summit on June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. The event brought together roughly 500 staff members and others affiliated with the Welcome Baby program and its home visiting services. Videos of all presentations are included here.

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Video: Mom Tells Northridge Hospital Staff How ‘Welcome Baby’ Helped Her

A mom talks to her Welcome Baby Parent Coach and Hospital Liaison at Northridge Hospital and explains how the program helped her with breastfeeding and with her psychological health, neither of which had gone well after delivering her first child.

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Fatherhood Matters: Resources That Encourage Dads to Stay Involved With Their Kids

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, so we’ve rounded up a few resources you can use (all year long) to emphasize the importance of fatherhood.

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Janice French Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Janice French, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for decades of important contributions to the field of maternal and child health.

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Pregnant Women Dumped by Covered California Into Medi-Cal, Without Notice or Consent

Lynn Kersey has some advice for pregnant women who bought health insurance policies from Covered California and want to keep them: Don’t report your pregnancy to the agency.

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