Smoking while Pregnant

According to the American Association for Respiratory Care, health issues can be seen in children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. Negative effects include speech processing, irritability, and varied attention levels. Cigarettes are only one product that delivers nicotine to pregnant mothers and place them at risk.  For more information on smoking while pregnant, visit https://babyandmetobaccofree.org/.

Family Friendly Halloween Fun

When children think of October they think of Halloween, candy, fun costumes and trick-or-treating! But for parents, the thought of Halloween is a little different.  Parents are always thinking about their children and their safety, especially when out trick-or-treating. At Capital Area Healthy Start we want you to have a fun, friendly and safe Halloween.…

Recognizing National Infant Loss Awareness Month

October begins Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and it is a season we commemorate each year as so many local families experience the pain of losing a pregnancy or small child.  As a way of supporting our local mothers, fathers and family members and remembering those we’ve lost, Capital Area Healthy Start is honored…

Choosing a Nanny

Before hiring a nanny, make a list of interview questions tailored to the type of care you are looking to receive for your child. Once you start your interview process, pay attention to how they interact and communicate with you, other family members, your child, or children. Do hesitate to ask hard questions and speak…

Childcare Center

After you’ve chosen a childcare center, now is the time to evaluate the quality. You can do this by asking for a tour of the center, speaking with other parents whose children having been attending for a good amount of time, or stopping by unannounced. Make sure to make a very specific list of questions…

Quality Childcare

Choosing quality childcare is one of the most important things you will do as a parent. We know that there can be great hesitation and a few drawbacks to putting your child in childcare; however, there are many benefits. When choosing, you will want to look for a provider that fosters a safe, nurturing, and…

Mindfulness

Postpartum depression is one of the prevalent disorders among new mothers. The effectiveness of mindfulness on reducing postpartum depression symptoms has been proven when used instead of conventional options.  For more information on mindfulness, visit https://www.headspace.com/blog/2017/08/13/mindfulness-helped-postpartum-depression/.  

Stress Reduction

A baby’s birth challenges you in many ways: hormonally, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and chemically. You’re likely to feel exhausted, excited, frustrated, worried, and happy — all at the same time. No wonder you feel stressed out. It’s essential to take care of yourself, especially during the early months of your baby’s life.  For more information…