January is National Birth Defect Prevention Month

 

Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year and are responsible for 1 in 5 infant deaths. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible. Some infections before and during pregnancy can hurt both mothers and their babies. Women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. Make a commitment to yourself, to get healthy before and during pregnancy by actively trying to plan ahead, avoid harmful substances, choose a healthy lifestyle, and talk with your healthcare provider. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/prevention.html #Best4YouBest4Baby

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The Benefits of Membership

  • Active representation & promotion of perinatal interests in the State Legislature
  • Participation in committees & task forces to influence quality of care for mothers & infants in our State
  • Networking with key people & organizations that can impact perinatal health
  • Decreased registration rates at regional educational conferences
  • Participation in community service Projects
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COVID-19 Resources  

Texas Department of State Health Services: Coronavirus webpage
Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (Must be a member): Online COVID-19 course
Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso "TTUHSC El Paso Coronavirus Site"