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July 2001 - #019



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In this issue:

Signs of Pre -Term Labor
· Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
· Folic Acid Before and During Pregnancy
· Diabetes in Pregnancy
· Miscarriage and Stillbirth
· Cost of Raising a Child Update
· Summer Safety

We are truly grateful to Jann Dalton Moody, Director of Program Services with the Connecticut Chapter of the March of Dimes for her appearance on Robyn's Nest, The Television Series! Jann shared a lot of information ranging from teen pregnancy to the importance of folic acid in a woman's diet and good prenatal care. What an informative show!

Special thanks to Dr. Michael Berman, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Yale University School of Medicine and President and CEO of Hygeia® Foundation, Inc. AND to Jean and Victoria from Bonnie Babes Foundation, Inc. who were here from Australia to discuss miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss and healing. This remarkable show was both touching and revealing for those like myself, who have experienced such a devastating event. An unforgettable message with invaluable resources!

Signs of Pre -Term Labor - Most pregnancies are uneventful ones, however, some women experience pre-term labor (labor that occurs more than 3 weeks before their due date). The March of Dimes has helped us to list some warning signs and what to do should this happen to you.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - FAS is an irreversible, lifelong condition that affects every aspect of a child's life and the lives of the child's family. It is one of the few 100% preventable birth defects. Learn about FAS with Robyn's Nest and the March of Dimes.

Folic Acid Before and During Pregnancy - Did you know that taking folic acid BEFORE conceiving is better for your baby than waiting until you are already expecting? Learn more about the benefits of this B Vitamin for women and babies!

Diabetes in Pregnancy - About 1 in 100 women of childbearing age has diabetes before pregnancy (preexisting diabetes). Another 3 to 5 percent develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Today, most of these women can look forward to having a healthy baby. If you are one of millions who have or will develop some form of diabetes, fear not. We've covered a lot of information here with the March of Dimes, but your doctor has much more.

Miscarriage and Stillbirth - Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in some type of loss whether miscarriage, stillbirth or the like. Robyn's Nest, in cooperation with organizations such as the March of Dimes, Hygeia Foundation and Bonnie Babies would like to recognize each and every family who has experienced such a trauma. We encourage you to seek information, counseling and support. So many times these events are not preventable and no one's fault. Find out more:

Cost of Raising a Child Update - The US Department of Agriculture has released the 2000 reports and they're not as bad as I expected! Numbers are up by about 2% for babies born in 2000 as opposed to1999. See how much it costs to raise a child in the US:

Summer Safety

Fireworks /Sparkler Safety - With Independence celebrations just around the corner, please remember your safety rules:

Pool Safety - Print and post this one, for parties, sitters, and guests. Also, keep our CPR for infants and children handy and near your pool areas as well!


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