Maternal & Child Health

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center 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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September 18, 2020
  • Every year, 700 women die in the United States from problems related to pregnancy or delivery complications, but two-thirds of these deaths are preventable. Recognizing urgent warning signs during and after pregnancy and getting immediate care can save lives.
  • CDC’s Hear Her campaign encourages partners, friends, and family to really listen and take action when a pregnant or postpartum woman says something doesn’t feel right.
  • Public health professionals can help prevent pregnancy-related deaths by using and sharing these personal stories and Hear Her campaign resources, including graphics, videos, social media posts, and PSAs.
October 11, 2019
  • Pregnant women who get vaccines for flu and whooping cough (Tdap) pass on disease-fighting antibodies to their babies, protecting them for several months after birth.
  • Even though flu and Tdap vaccines are safe to receive during pregnancy, about 2 in 3 moms-to-be do not receive both.
  • A healthcare provider’s strong recommendation and offer of flu and Tdap vaccines is one of the strongest motivators for pregnant women to get vaccinated—according to the latest Vital Signs.
May 10, 2019
March 1, 2019
  • Venous thromboembolism, commonly known as a blood clot, is an underdiagnosed yet preventable medical condition that can cause disability and death.
  • Anyone can develop a blood clot, but women who are pregnant or who recently had a baby are five times more likely to experience one.
  • Public health professionals can help prevent blood clots by sharing information from the Stop the Clot, Spread the WordTMexternal icon campaign and related infographics, fact sheets, and videos.
December 14, 2018
  • All pregnant women should be screened for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B, and some should be screened for hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and TB.
  • CDC screening recommendations are designed to prevent transmission of infections to the infant and ensure timely care and treatment for both mother and baby.
  • Healthcare providers can use this helpful timeline for screening pregnant patients.
December 7, 2018
August 10, 2018
  • According to the latest Vital Signs report, 1 in 7 babies born to mothers with confirmed or possible Zika during pregnancy had health problems, such as hearing and vision problems.
  • Detecting these health problems early can help babies and children get the follow-up care they need.
  • Healthcare providers can work with parents to ensure babies and children affected by Zika get the recommended evaluation and testing.
May 11, 2018
April 20, 2018
January 26, 2018
January 12, 2018
  • There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year.    
  • Although safe sleep practices—like placing babies on their back to sleep—can reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, unsafe sleep practices are still common, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • State and local health departments can promote safe sleep recommendationsexternal icon by conducting communication campaigns, training care providers in hospitals and childcare centers, and working with programs that serve mothers and babies.
April 21, 2017
  • Vaccination of children born during 1994–2013 will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
  • Following the recommended childhood immunization schedule protects babies and children by providing immunity early in life.
  • Healthcare providers and public health professionals can educate patients about the importance of vaccination and staying on schedule using easy-to-read resources recommended by CDC.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: October 11, 2019