Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep

July is International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry 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” »

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

 

Newborn screening in the United States began in the 1960s. In 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

 

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding a breastfeeding campaign in the hopes that it will empower women to consider committing to breastfeeding. Science shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses, as well as childhood obesity. Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” »