108 E. Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 749-1244


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Surveillance and Quality Improvement (SQI)

  
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Improved Pregnancy Outcome 

 

Phone: (410) 543-6942      FAX: 410-543-6964 

Working to decrease child fatalities with focus on:
 
 
  • A Free Pack-n-Play (portable crib) to pregnant women who meet eligibility requirements - includes Safe Sleep/SIDS Prevention information.
  • Safe to Sleep: information on safety precautions and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
  • Car seat safety: car seat inspections with education on proper instillation. 
  • Babies Born Healthy: decreasing risks by promoting healthy lifestyles prior to conception, planning by speaking with your primary doctor, and eliminating risk factors such as smoking, addiction or abuse. 

 

Babies Born Healthy (BBH) promotes the health and well-being of mothers and children in our community through a variety of strategies.  It focuses on the areas of reducing preconception risk, reduce infant mortality risk and educate on perinatal care that will help ensure a healthy outcome for your baby.

Reducing preconception risks.

 

Part of preconception health is about people getting and staying healthy throughout their lives. No one expects an unplanned pregnancy, but it happens often. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.


Here are some tips for starting a healthy lifestyle to help in building a healthy family.


  1. Make a plan. You have probably thought about your goals for having or not having children. Write them down, make a checklist to follow, it’s important to have a plan in place when you're ready to start.

  2. See your doctor yearly. Talk to him/her about any current medical conditions that could be a factor before/during your pregnancy.

  3. Discuss options with your primary doctor if you smoke, use “street” drugs, drink excessive amounts of alcohol or if you live in a stressful or abusive environment. Your doctor can help you with counseling, treatment, and other support services that are available in your area.

  4. Keep up to date on all vaccinations in order to maintain your health.

  5. Take 400 mcg of Folic Acid daily. Folic acid is important to help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine if you do become pregnant.

  6. Avoid toxic substances. Exposure to toxic substances and other harmful materials at work or at home can hurt the reproductive systems of men and women.

  7. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Women overweight and underweight are at greater risk of developing serious health problems.

  8. Learn your family history. Knowing your family health history can help your doctor provide better care for you.

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Car Seat Safety  
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