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Prevention of Disabilities: General

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Being overweight during pregnancy from the March of Dimes gives you a brief description to talk to your health provider about getting to a healthy weight before or during pregnancey. This link also gives you links to other healthy pregnancy links from the March of Dimes such as Eating healthy during pregancy and Exercising during pregnancy.

Disability in America toward a National Agenda for Prevention – Andrew M. Pope and Alvin R. Tarlov Editors Committee on a National Agenda for the Prevention of Disabilities, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1991. “This report goes beyond the traditional medical model to consider and address the needs of people with disabling conditions after those conditions exist and after they have been "treated" and "rehabilitated." Prevention of the initial condition (primary prevention) is certainly important, but the emphasis in this report is on developing interventions that can prevent pathology from becoming impairment, impairment from becoming functional limitation, functional limitation from becoming disability, and any of these conditions from causing secondary conditions.”

NHU Report on the Prevention of Disabilities - Spring 2015    Read about the rising prevalence of developmental disabilities, the impact of developmental disabilities and the need for data for research. ----We all know to move forward on any problem facing mankind requires research.  We are stating, in order to protect children of the future, newborns, their parents and society from disabilities, we should broaden the scope of data collected through the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth. This update to our existing data system would be more easily adopted and is necessary to more effectively meet current research needs for the purpose of preventing disabilities.   Existing data collected is vague and not in sync with the rapid advances in medicine for today. Where is the data on birth injury in America?

New Sign Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are state or multi-state networks of teams woring to improve birth health coutcomes for mother and babies. Important improvements in health care include reductions in deliveris before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical reason, bloodstream infections in newborns and severe pregnancy complications.

Pregnancy Complications is a good overview of items that can affect maternal and infant health during pregancy from the CDC including prevention statements. Complications of pregnancy are health problems that occur during pregnancy. They can involve the mother's health, the baby's health, or both. Some women have health problems that arise during pregnancy, and other women have health problems before they become pregnant that could lead to complications. It is very important for women to receive health care before and during pregnancy to decrease the risk of pregnancy complications.

New Sign Preventing Disability is an article from the Texas State Health and Human Services and speaks to which developmental disabilities are preventable and risk factors that can cause disability, before, during and after childbirth and during infancy and childhood.

Zika and Pregnancy (Infographic) this infographic will launch in your pdf application. Protect yourself, your pregnancy. CDC scientists announced that enough evidence has accumulated to conclude that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly (a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected) and other severe fetal brain defects. Find out more about the Zika virus from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Find out how the Zika virus spreads to humans, what the symptoms are for Zika Virus infections, what you want to do before pregnancy, what to do if you are pregnant, and mosquito prevention.

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New Sign Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care offers resources for parents who are considering having a child, preconception health, healthy pregancy information and tips, and preventive resources for premature birth or birth complications.

New Sign Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC) is the Wisconsin state network of teams working to improve birth health outcomes for mother and babies. Important improvements in health care include reductions in deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical reason, bloodstream infections in newborns, severe pregnancy complications and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities are some of the priorities of the PQC.

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