September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

This year marks 54 years of newborn screening in the United States. Throughout September, the newborn screening community rallies together around the principle that all babies deserve a healthy start.¬† Continue reading “September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month” »

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds¬†the breastfeeding campaign in hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding. Research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses; they may also be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” »

Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep

July is International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carries GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed become infected but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. It can cause miscarriage, stillborn, premature birth, extreme illness, lifelong handicaps, or death. Even babies born to mothers testing negative can become infected by Group B Strep. Continue reading “Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep” »