Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life but may lead to questions about how to have a healthy baby. Since 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, it is important for all women of reproductive age to follow healthy habits, even before conception. These include taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, talking to a healthcare provider about any chronic medical conditions, and keeping up to date with immunizations. Those are just a few examples of habits all women can practice before pregnancy to help prepare for a healthy pregnancy and baby. View the resources below for Michigan and national resources on healthy habits, preconception health and pregnancy planning.

Highlighted Resources

Birth Defects Prevention Month Highlight

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) provides resource materials for use during Birth Defects Prevention Month that is celebrated each January. This website provides helpful information about birth defects prevention through pamphlets, fact sheets and online resources for families, providers, policy makers and anyone determined to prevent birth defects.

Birth Defects Prevention Order Form

Order form for MDCH birth defects prevention materials.

MDHHS Before and During Pregnancy

Preconception Health is a woman's health before becoming pregnant. To reduce the chance of poor health outcomes for your baby, it is important for a woman to be as healthy as possible before conception.

Michigan BioTrust for Health

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is an initiative to make leftover newborn screening samples more useful and available for medical or public health research. Explore the website for more information targeted towards new parents, health professionals, available consent options and dried blood spot research.

Michigan Newborn Screening Brochure

This MDHHS brochure on the Newborn Screening Program explains the screening process, why it is done and what happens if it suggests a potential health problem.

Michigan Newborn Screening Program

This public health program, required by Michigan Law, helps find babies with rare but serious medical conditions that require early treatment.

Preventing Birth Defects Pamphlet

This Michigan Department of Community Health pamphlet defines birth defects and includes preventative techniques to keep mother and baby healthy during pregnancy.

Additional Resources

1965-2015: Michigan Newborn Screening: A Public Health Success Story

Reflecting on 50 years of Michigan's Newborn Screening Program.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots - Michigan BioTrust For Health Consent Brochure (Arabic)

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots audio recording

An audio recording of a helpful brochure on the BioTrust from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services containing facts about parents consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening: Michigan BioTrust for Health brochure

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

Be Well and Follow Five Bookmarks - English and Arabic

Bookmarks with folic acid and general preconception health messages in English and Arabic for download and/or printing.

Birth Defects Prevention Month Archive

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) provides resource materials for use during Birth Defects Prevention Month that is celebrated each January. This archive is a collection of past Michigan and National resources from past Birth Defects Prevention months. The focus is to promote preconception health and for all women of childbearing age to have optimal health before conception.

Birth Defects Registry Online Training Course

The Birth Defects Registry Course discusses the value of the registry and teaches individuals how to correctly complete the Birth Defects reporting forms.

Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity

This MDCH program promotes the prevention of heart disease and stroke by increasing physical activity and healthy eating.

CHD Awareness Week

A website dedicated to Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week and materials to help promote the cause.

Children's Hospital of Michigan Metabolic Clinic

The Metabolic Clinic provides lifelong follow-up and treatment for individuals diagnosed with inborn errors of metabolism through newborn screening.

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