Webinar: Vaccination Safety for Pregnant Women and Children

This webinar covers vaccine safety, risks of delayed schedules, the benefits of Tdap for the mother and infant, and different resources and tools available to encourage vaccination.

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Webinar: Marijuana, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding

Pregnant (or contemplating pregnancy) or breastfeeding? Stay away from marijuana in all its forms. That’s the word from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics. But the word on the street may be a different story. Studies show a sharp increase in marijuana use by pregnant women. Here are resources and information to help women understand why it’s important to avoid marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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STDs During Pregnancy: Get the Facts From the CDC

If you are pregnant, you can become infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women should ask their doctors about getting tested for STDs, since some doctors do not routinely perform these tests.

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4,000 Black Infants Every Year

4,000: That’s the number of black infants who die — but who would be saved each year in the U.S. if they had all the health and medical benefits enjoyed by white babies.

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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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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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Zika Virus: Information and Resources

U.S. and international health authorities report that the Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, and there are concerns about the possibility of a growing outbreak in the U.S. Here are the latest reports and resources.

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Poverty and Its Effects on Infant and Maternal Health

It’s not news that poorer families often have poorer health and educational outcomes. But current research is casting new light on this relationship. For instance, the conditions that attend poverty can be toxic to the developing brain, leading to long-term behavioral and cognitive difficulties. The lack of access to affordable, nutritious food in low-income neighborhoods is another public health issue that is getting increased attention. Here’s a roundup of recent research.

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