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Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility



We all want Oklahoma’s babies to be safe and healthy. Many things can help and everyone can play a role.


Did you know that…

§  Being healthy before and between pregnancies improves the chances of having a healthy baby

§  A full-term pregnancy lasts more than nine months

§  Breastfeeding helps a baby get the best start in life

§  Getting tested and treated, if needed, for sexually-transmitted diseases promotes a healthy pregnancy and birth 

§  Placing a baby on his/her back to sleep helps reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 

§  Secondhand smoke can increase the chances of SIDS 

§  Some new mothers need help with depression after childbirth

§  Shaking a baby is never, never okay 


Click on the topics to learn more.


COVID-19 Resources

§  Oklahoma Statewide COVID-19 Resources

§  Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Resource Guide

§  National Breastfeeding Resources


What’s New…

§  Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites - 360 Sites! (as of July 2020)

§  Pre-Pregnancy Underweight and Related Prematurity in Newborns


The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine is Oklahoma's 10th Baby-Friendly designated hospital! Congratulations on this prestigious recognition!

§  Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline - New Texting Option!

§  Moms Share Experiences of Postpartum Depression - Click to view video

§  November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Oklahoma Earns D- on March of Dimes on Preterm Birth, Worsening from Last Year. Learn more about recommendations for improvement....


Oklahoma's infant mortality rate has decreased by 17%! Learn more...

§  Folic Acid - Your Healthy Pregnancy

§  Vaccinations Help Protect You & Your Baby! Learn more...

§  Dramatic Decrease in Smoking Rates among Pregnant Women Benefits Oklahoma Babies!

§  Text4baby Provides Free Health Messages to Pregnant Women & New Moms

§  It's Only Natural - Breastfeeding Public Information Campaign for African American Women

§  Preparing for a Lifetime materials online







Contact Information:                                            

Joyce Marshall, MPH Director            

Maternal and Child Health Service

Oklahoma State Department of Health

1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117

(405) 271-4480 , email: Joyce Marshall

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 by Oklahoma Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant

Special Announcements
Quitting smoking while pregnant delivers health benefits no matter how far along you are in the pregnancy. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).

Infant safe sleep practice - Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.

Get FREE messages each week to help you through pregnancy & baby's first year. Text "BABY" or "BEBE" for Spanish to 511411.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Did you know smoking while pregnant can cause premature delivery?
A: Get free help. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW.

Q: How can I report child abuse or neglect?
A: Call the statewide Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511 (answered 24 hours a day If a child is in danger right now call 911

Interesting Facts
Getting healthy before getting pregnant greatly increases a woman's chance of having a healthy baby!

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