The importance of folic acid and the prevention of neural tube defects now and always

by Rocio C. Anderson, Manager, Health Education/Program Service Coordinator, NCPHC When the nation’s collective thoughts and concerns are focused on the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we have to remember that pregnancy and childbirth doesn’t stop. One in 33 babies Read More …

Healthy babies across the life course: Past reflections and future progress during National Minority Health Month

By Kweli Rashied-Henry, March of Dimes Director of Health Equity  Frederick Douglass once said “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” As a country, we have made tremendous strides in the health of all populations since this famed Read More …

Perinatal Leaders in Action: Belinda Pettiford, MPH, Head of Women’s Health Branch

For more than 30 years, Belinda has worked in public health, creating positive change for North Carolina’s women and children. Since November 1995, she has been with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Section (Title Read More …

The Intersection of Physical and Mental Health and Its Impact on Birth Outcomes – PART TWO

by Brenda Stubbs, Triad Regional Coordinator & Jennifer Vickery, Western Regional Coordinator When thinking about addressing mental health, it’s important to note that our minds and bodies are not separate systems and that often when the body experiences a mental Read More …

The Intersection of Physical and Mental Health and Its Impact on Birth Outcomes – PART ONE

by Brenda Stubbs, Triad Regional Coordinator & Jennifer Vickery, Western Regional Coordinator Smoking status, alcohol and drug use, folic acid intake, chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, STIs…these are all things that are routinely screened for and monitored in Read More …