1 quart cans
3 oz. bottles
14 oz. powder cans
Bottle liner (pkg)
Nursing pads (pkg)
Pillow cases (pair)
Mattress pad (waterproof)
Toddler size underwear
Baby items (misc.)
Baby seat for bicycle
Car seat head rest
Car sun shade
Having a Healthy Pregnancy|
Watching out for the signs of pre-term labor is just one thing you can do to protect your baby. It's important that you get enough rest, seek early and regular prenatal crae and make sure that you and your baby get good nutrition.
Even though nutritional factors usually do not cause early labor, it is important to get the right amount of healthy foods so your baby can grow and gain weight.
Pregnant women should consume a variety of vegetables, fruit, meat, milk and other protein foods. Women of average height and weight should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. If you are having problems eating or are not gaining weight, talk to your health care provider.
All women of childbearing age should take a daily multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid as part of a healthy diet rich in fortified foods and natural sources of folic acid. Taking folic acid before conception and in early pregnancy can help reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects.
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March of Dimes programs in Houston area|
Centering Pregnancy ® is an innovative group prenatal care program which empowers women, provides social support and improves birth outcomes. Six clinics in the Houston area are implementing Centering Pregnancy ®. Participants have a 53% reduction in preterm births compared to women enrolled in traditional care.
Comenzando Bien is a prenatal education program created specifically for women in the Hispanic community. The information provided is culturally sensitive and designed to improve participants' chances of having a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Twenty-two agencies partner with March of Dimes to provide Comenzando bien in the Houston area. In 2009, over 2,000 women participated in the program. Over 98% of the women delivered full-term healthy babies.
Honey Child is a faith based prenatal education program that provides African-American women with culturally appropriate information and support needed to have the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth outcome. Two churches host Honey Child in Houston: Greenspoint Baptist Church and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
The KEEP Program: Keep Energized and Empowered for Pregnancy is an interconception health pilot project in cooperation with the Department of State Health Services and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The goal is to reduce the incidence of repeat preterm births and low birth weight babies in high-risk women.
The very first NICU Family Support Program in Houston will launch this summer at the Women's Hospital of Texas. The program will provide support and information to over 1,500 families each year while their newborn is hospitalized in intensive care.
For more information on how to enroll, contact the March of Dimes at 713-623-2020.