Supporting Mom While Breastfeeding

Every mom’s breastfeeding journey is different, and because it is harder than one would think, everyone could use a little support. Even the smallest of gestures can go a long way—in fact, research shows breastfeeding support can help prevent postpartum depression and boost women’s breastfeeding outcome. A few ways to start with helping is to know the hunger…

Birth Defects

Birth defects can occur while your baby is developing in the womb, and certain chemicals, medicines and drugs can increase the risks. There is no proven way to prevent birth defects, but you can limit them by creating a healthy lifestyle. You can also reduce the risks by scheduling regular visits with your physician during…

Baby Immunizations

Mothers pass antibodies to their babies before birth, so they are born with protection from some diseases, but this protection is temporary. Immunization or vaccinations are given as a way to create immunity to or protection from some diseases. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to react as if there were an actual infection. It fends off the…

WellCare Checks for Baby

Development for children is faster when they are younger, so there should be a complete physical exam at their WellCare visits. Your healthcare provider will check the child’s growth and development to find or prevent problems. Your provider will also record your child’s height and weight, check hearing and vision and do other screening tests.…

Kick Counts

Most mothers-to-be eagerly await that first reassuring baby kick to know their baby is growing and developing. Keeping count of your baby’s movements is not only exciting but also a great way to monitor your baby’s well-being. Sometime between 18-25 weeks into the pregnancy, moms will begin to feel movement. It may occur closer to…

The Role of the Prenatal Nurse

Prenatal nurses work closely with the mother throughout pregnancy, assisting with prenatal and post-baby care. They aid in teaching the importance of incorporating healthy habits and providing resources needed before and after. The prenatal nurse also helps expectant mothers avoid and recognize any issues that may occur early, during and after birth. For more information…

The Importance of Prenatal Care

Scheduling pre-pregnancy and prenatal care appointments is essential, as they help prevent complications that may arise once a woman becomes pregnant. During this time, she should schedule regular visits to monitor both the mother’s and the baby’s health for a successful outcome. Postpartum care is also necessary because this is a period where emotional health…

What is a Healthy Start?

A healthy start can mean something different for everyone. No matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or early parenthood, Capital Area Healthy Start can help guide your way to a healthier path for you and your baby.    The Healthy Start program offers a variety of services and support for women, babies,…

Breastfeeding 101

While breastfeeding has its advantages and is the better choice for the baby, it can be a tedious process. The process for each mother and baby are different, so you must find the best system for you. If you are struggling with breastfeeding or need additional help, talking to your provider and seeking professional help…