Mother To Baby

MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Talk directly to the experts behind the most up-to-date research!

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Healthy Smiles: Oral Health Webinar for Spanish Speaking Parents

Saturday, July 26, 2014
1–2 p.m. EDT

Register Online Now!

Join the Head Start National Center on Health (NCH) for a webinar promoting healthy smiles for Hispanic pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and their families. The webinar will broadcast in Spanish. It will promote key messages to improve participants awareness and knowledge of evidence-based oral health practices.

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez will present. Dr. Ramos-Gomez is a professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA School of Dentistry.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Importance of oral health
  • Impact on childrens school readiness and overall health and well-being
  • Preventing oral disease
  • Practicing good oral health habits
  • Understanding that dental visits are safe during pregnancy
  • Making sure children have their first dental visit by age 1

Who Should Participate?

This webinar was designed for Spanish-speaking families and Head Start staff and oral health professionals who work with them.Programs are encouraged to host viewing parties on the day of the event. NCH will share materials and activities, including parent handouts, pre- and post-webinar tests, games, and songs. They also will offer snack ideas to reinforce the key oral health messages.Invite your NCH dental hygienist liaison and local dentists and dental hygienists to attend the viewing party to serve as local oral health experts.

How to Register

Registration is free. Select the link to register:

Participants will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. The presentation will be recorded and archived in the NCH portal on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website for later viewing.


For more information about this webinar or your state NCH dental hygienist liaison, contact Beth Lowe at or 202-687-1864.

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Sensitivity, Screening, and Support: Talking with Expectant Families about Substance Abuse


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are the leading known cause of mental retardation, and they are entirely preventable. This audio conference discusses the chance Early Head Start staff working with expectant families have to help prevent FASDs. Panelists share insights and strategies about approaching this sensitive topic. They also give guidance on supporting families in making informed, healthy choices around alcohol use during pregnancy.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Thanks for your patience… Early Childhood News Update will return in June of this year! In the meantime, note:

Office of Head Start 2nd National Birth to Five Leadership Institute, April 28 – 30, 2013

Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHSNRC) Virtual Birth to Three, May 28 – June 27th, 2013

40th Annual National Head Start Association Conference, April 30 – May 3rd, 2013

National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office Oral Health Initiative

National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office (NMSHSCO)

Oral Health Initiative

Reading Materials for Audio-Conference

Infant Toddler Curriculum

A Visit to the Dentist: Transcript

Fotonovela: “La Boquita de Felipe” & Transcript

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Resources for Pregnant Moms and their Babies

Source: National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office

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Strong Start Initiative Improving Maternal and Infant Health

On February 8, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Strong Start initiative to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women.  This initiative brings together the activities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health with the efforts of   outside groups devoted to the health of mothers and newborns including the March of Dimes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the American College of Nurse Midwives, Childbirth Connections, Leapfrog Group, the National Priorities Partners, convened by the National Quality Forum, and others.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Parents as Teachers Recognizes Best Practices in Early Childhood Education


Parents as Teachers, the trusted resource for organizations and professionals in the early childhood education, honored three of its affiliates with the prestigious Losos Prize for Excellence for 2011 at the organization’s national conference in November. These Parents as Teachers affiliates were chosen based on their demonstrated creativity and innovation in pursuit of the Parents as Teachers vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Source: St. Louis Today

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Parental Depression Resources – Head Start

Maternal depression affects millions of families in communities nationwide. As a response to this urgent public health problem, Project LAUNCH – Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health – has compiled a list of resources for the prevention and early intervention of parental depression. Head Start and Early Head Start health services, family services, and education staff are encouraged to explore this list to find appropriate resources on depression to share with families and partners.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Mom-to-Be’s Mental State May Affect Child’s Development


A fetus is sensitive to, and can be affected by, the expectant mother’s mental state, a new study suggests.

University of California, Irvine, researchers recruited pregnant women and tested them for depression before and after they gave birth. The women’s babies were tested after birth to assess how well they were developing.

Consistency in the mother’s mental state appeared to be important to a baby’s well-being. Development was best in babies with mothers who were either depression-free or had depression before and after giving birth.

Source: US News and World Report

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Moms’ smoking tied to psychiatric meds in kids


Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction, according to a study from Finland that hints at smoking’s affect on a baby’s developing brain.

While the findings don’t prove that cigarette smoking during pregnancy causes changes in children’s brains or behavior, they offer one more piece of evidence that should encourage women not to smoke while pregnant, the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Source: Reuters

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