|NFP/Early Head Start Curriculum|
The delivery of a healthy baby is a primary outcome of the Guilford Child Development Nurse-Family Partnership and Early Head Start programs.
Prenatal education is a crucial aspect of a healthy delivery. Pregnant adolescents and women who enroll in these programs receive comprehensive and relevant information about what to expect during pregnancy.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) uses the Pregnancy and Early Childhood protocols used in our nurse home visitation program, developed by David L. Olds and associates at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
NFP nurses emphasize the following:
Early Head Start uses the Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum for expectant mothers, which provides both prenatal and postpartum education in a simple, easy-to-understand format.
Expectant mothers learn key information such as:
To learn more, visit the National Nurse-Family Partnership site.
Prenatal education is a crucial aspect of a healthy delivery. First-time moms enrolled in our Nurse-Family Partnership program receive comprehensive and relevant information about what to expect during pregnancy.
Here are a few tips to help ensure you have a healthy delivery:
Get the flu shot. It's safe to get an influenza (flu) shot during pregnancy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends seasonal flu shots for anyone who will be pregnant during flu season (typically November through March) unless you have a severe allergy to eggs or you've had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination.
Write down all meds. Your doctor should review your drugs, vitamins, and supplements. Some of them, such as certain antidepression and seizure medications, can harm your baby's heart and increase your risk of miscarriage.
Get moving. Exercise can keep your weight under control, ease stress, and may increase the flow of oxygen to the fetus. Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. But don’t over do it. It’s just as important to get plenty of rest. Talk to your health care provider before you start any exercise program.
Eat smart. Research shows a mother's diet during pregnancy has lifelong implications for her baby.
Don't take too many vitamins. More isn't better. Stick to the doses recommended by your obstetrician. Excessive vitamin A, for example, can cause head, heart, brain, and spinal cord defects.
Since your child’s brain develops dramatically after birth, it’s very important that you provide your child with positive and healthy experiences from the very beginning.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: