Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
We all want Oklahoma’s babies to be safe and healthy. Many things can help and everyone can play a role.
Did you know...
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- Being healthy before and between pregnancies improves the chances of having a healthy baby
- A full-term pregnancy lasts more than nine months
- Breastfeeding helps a baby get the best start in life
- Getting tested and treated, if needed, for sexually-transmitted diseases promotes a healthy pregnancy and birth
- Placing a baby on his/her back to sleep helps reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Secondhand smoke can increase the chances of SIDS
- Some new mothers need help with depression after childbirth
- Shaking a baby is never, never okay
- Oklahoma American Indian Maternal and Child Health Data Book
- Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites - 360 Sites! (as of July 2020)
- Pre-Pregnancy Underweight and Related Prematurity in Newborns
- The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine is Oklahoma's 10th Baby-Friendly designated hospital! Congratulations on this prestigious recognition!
- Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline - New Texting Option!
- Moms Share Experiences of Postpartum Depression - Click to view video
- November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Oklahoma Earns D- on March of Dimes on Preterm Birth, Worsening from Last Year. Learn more about recommendations for improvement....
- Oklahoma's infant mortality rate has decreased by 17%!
- Folic Acid - Your Healthy Pregnancy
- Vaccinations Help Protect You & Your Baby! Learn more...
- Dramatic Decrease in Smoking Rates among Pregnant Women Benefits Oklahoma Babies!
- Text4baby Provides Free Health Messages to Pregnant Women & New Moms
- It's Only Natural - Breastfeeding Public Information Campaign for African American Women
- Preparing for a Lifetime materials
Infant safe sleep practice - Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
Get FREE messages each week to help you through pregnancy & baby's first year. Text "BABY" or "BEBE" for Spanish to 511411.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Did you know smoking while pregnant can cause premature delivery?
A: Get free help. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW.
Q: How can I report child abuse or neglect?
A: Call the statewide Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511 (answered 24 hours a day If a child is in danger right now call 911
Joyce Marshall, MPH Director
email: Joyce Marshall
by Oklahoma Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant