Give Your Baby Space
How and where you put your baby to sleep can dramatically affect your baby’s risk of suffocation.
Keeping your baby safe is as easy as ABC:
_A_lone: Babies should sleep alone in his/her own space, with no people or objects next to the baby that may accidentally obstruct his/her airway.
_B_edding: A baby’s sleep surface should have no loose bedding, blankets, toys, crib bumpers, or stuffed animals.
_C_rib: The safest way for a baby to sleep during naptime or bedtime is on his/her back, in an empty crib.
For more info, visit www.GiveYourBabySpace.com
Ask The Experts
Have questions about your health or your baby’s health? Call 1-800-251-BABY (2229) for information about:
- Pregnancy Tests
- Prenatal Care
- Smoking/Substance Use
- Nutrition/WIC & Breastfeeding
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Immunizations (Shots for Tots)
The call is free, confidential and lines are open 24/7.
After Having a Baby
Doctors say you should have your babies at least 18 months apart. That means you should wait until your youngest child is at least 9 months old before you become pregnant again. A campaign called Map Your Life is bringing attention to this. Go to www.greatplan.net to learn more and click here for a list of low cost family planning services in the New Orleans area.
Changes to Medicaid
Louisiana has changed Medicaid and LaCHIP and these programs are now called BAYOU HEALTH.
In BAYOU HEALTH, you choose a Health Plan and provider for each member of your family who has Medicaid or LaCHIP. For information about Bayou Health, click here.
Breastfeeding Help is a Click Away
Breast milk is the best possible food for most babies. In Louisiana to help you find info and resources related to breastfeeding just click ZIPMILK.ORG. At that website, all you have to do is enter your zipcode, and you can find resources in your area.
Partners for Healthy Babies History
The Partners for Healthy Babies project started in 1993 and is funded by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health and WIC Programs. To keep informed about our program please SUBSCRIBE to our MCH newsletter.
The Partners for Healthy Babies project started because about 10 percent of all babies in Louisiana were born small and weak. These are called low birthweight babies (less than 5.5 pounds) and many of them die before their first birthday.
One of our main goals is to link pregnant women to the services they need to help them be healthy before, during and after pregnancy.