Congratulations parents and parents-to-be! Becoming a parent is one of the most joyful experiences in life. Your growing baby depends on you to keep him/her healthy and safe.
We have put together a list of resources to help you and the father of your baby have a sense of calm and learning experience.
Before leaving the hospital…
Before leaving the hospital or birthing facility, make sure your healthcare provider completes a Healthy Start infant screen on your baby. The newborn screening checks for serious but rare health conditions at birth. It includes blood, hearing and heart screening.
Caring for your baby at home…
Learn the basics of taking care of your baby (March of Dimes Website). Please click on the following topics (highlighted in blue) for more information.
- Safe sleep and Sudden Infant Syndrome (also called SIDS). Find out why Tummy Time is important. For information on how you may be eligible to receive a portable pack & play yard and information on safe sleep practices for baby, visit our Beds 4 Babies Program.
- Car seat safety and Assistance with a Car Seat for your child
- Choosing wisely a sitter or caregiver for your baby is important. For information on how to choose the right child care provider or to locate a provider in your local area, visit the ChildCare Aware Organization. In Polk, visit the Early Learning Coalition/www.elcpolk.org.
- Learn ways to soothe your upset and colicky baby and how to create a strong bonding with your baby. Creating Secure Infant Attachment
- Did you know that Florida is the leading state in the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1 to 4?
Prevent accidental drowning from happening to your child. Drowning may happen silently, in 5-gallon buckets, falling out of a life jacket, and in less than 30 feet from help. For more information visit Florida Department of Health website. For swimming lessons programs, financial assistance or information on other injury prevention, visit Abby Grace’s Hope website.
- Child Safety Guide
Caring for your health after the birth of your baby…
Your body changed a lot during pregnancy and now that your baby is born, your body will start changing again. We hope this information helps you understand what is or will be taking part during the first six weeks after giving birth and why is your “postpartum health check-up” important. It is normal to feel some discomfort, like soreness and fatigue. However, other discomforts and health problems may be a sign that you need medical care.
Some health problems women may have after giving birth, may include:
- Cesarean wound infection (Birth delivery through a C-section)
- Deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT), a kind of blood clot
- Endometritis, an infection in the uterus (womb)
- Mastitis, a breast infection
- Postpartum bleeding
- Postpartum depression (PPD)
Know the difference between “Postpartum Blues (also known as Baby Blues) and Postpartum Depression..
Baby Blues… many women have the baby blues in the days after childbirth. If you have the baby blues, you may:
- Have mood swings
- Feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
- Have crying spells
- Lose your appetite
- Have trouble sleeping
The baby blues most often go away within a few days or a week. The symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment.
The symptoms of postpartum depression last longer and are more severe. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth. If you have postpartum depression, you may have any of the symptoms of depression listed above. Symptoms may also include:
- Thoughts of hurting the baby
- Thoughts of hurting yourself
- Not having any interest in the baby
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately! Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor.
Planning your next pregnancy… click on pictures below to learn more.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant there are steps you can take for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The healthier you are, the better chance you have of your baby being born healthy. For more information visit Florida Department of Health website at: www.flhealth.gov/
- Get a medical check up
- Take 400 micrograms of Folic Acid
- Eat healthy foods and reach to a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, use street drugs or take prescription drugs that are not prescribed for you.
If you are pregnant or planning your first or next pregnancy and have no health insurance.
Apply for Pregnancy Medicaid online at www.myflorida.com/accessfl/.