Maternal & Child Health
"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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April 3, 2015
- Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that can cause babies to stop breathing—here’s what you need to know about preventing it.
- Infants are at greatest risk for getting whooping cough, so pregnant women should get vaccinated in the third trimester of each pregnancy.
- Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can use CDC’s many educational resources to teach parents about vaccines for whooping cough and other childhood diseases.
May 2, 2014
- Nearly 9 out of 10 pregnant women in the United States take at least one medication.
- Because pregnant women are often excluded from medication studies, there is limited information about medication safety during pregnancy. Only 9% of medications have enough information to determine their risk to the baby, making treatment decisions difficult.
- CDC’s prescription for this problem—Treating for Two—is a national strategy to improve the health of mothers and babies through safer medication use in pregnancy.
April 4, 2014
- Babies are born with very little vitamin K in their bodies, which can cause serious bleeding problems that can lead to brain damage and even death.
- Life-threatening bleeds from VKDB frequently occur without warning, but a single
vitamin K shot [PDF – 247KB] given at birth will protect a baby from developing dangerous bleeding.
- You can help expectant parents learn how to protect their babies from VKDB by listening to this CDC podcast.
October 18, 2013
- Obstetric and neonatal healthcare providers can quickly access patient-specific guidance on managing group B
Streptococcus (strep) infections with a new
CDC mobile app.
Group B strep can cause pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis and is one of the most common causes of infectious illness and death for US newborns in the first week of life.
- You can download the free app from the
CDC iTunes App Store or access a
web version on your computer.
April 5, 2013
Nearly 1 in 5 teen births are
repeat births. Of approximately 365,000 teen births in 2010, 66,800 were repeat births.
Repeat teen births can severely limit a mother's ability to finish her education or get a job and carry substantial health, emotional, social, and financial
costs for teen mothers and their children.
- CDC provides
guidelines for healthcare professionals to counsel sexually active teens on the most effective types of birth control and resources for
parents to talk to their teens about preventing repeat pregnancies.