The Fabulous Work of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program

“Beginning with trust, ending with extraordinary outcomes.” *From the NFP Website The Nurse-Family Partnership is an amazing organization with a branch right here in Rochester that teams up first-time, low-income pregnant women with nurses for free home visits. Every one to two weeks, from early in the pregnancy until the child turns two years old,[…]

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Safe Sleep Saves Lives.

During the last 20 years, research has brought to light the dangers of an unsafe sleep environment for a newborn. This year the Safe to Sleep Campaign turns 20 and we would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of safe sleeping conditions for all children less than one year of age. There[…]

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Accessing Early Intervention Services

What is Early Intervention? According to the Monroe County Early Intervention (EI) program website, Early Intervention is the voluntary developmental monitoring, evaluation, and services program offered by New York State to families and children ages birth through two years. Early Intervention serves children and their families from birth through 2 years of age “where there[…]

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Breastfeeding is natural…. and hard.

“Nursing area sign” by Pete unseth – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nursing_area_sign.png#/media/File:Nursing_area_sign.png Breastfeeding is natural and can be hard. There are few things as natural, and controversial, as breastfeeding. Pregnant women and new mothers are confronted with a sea of public opinion, family pressure, and internal struggles about whether[…]

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Managing Colic: the gripe with gripe water

COLIC One of the toughest challenges parents of a newborn may face is the excessive crying and inability to soothe their baby, also known as colic. Colic is generally defined as unexplained crying for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, for more than three weeks, beginning in an infant[…]

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How Can Parents Support Academic Success During Summer Recess?

Summer recess is a time filled with fun and relaxation for many children and families. The break can, however, have detrimental effects on a child’s academic performance when they head back to school in the Fall. During the summer months children can lose anywhere from a few months to a full year of reading proficiency;[…]

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The Benefits of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-active reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have been integral contraceptive choices since they first gained popularity in the 1970’s. LARCs include Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants, both of which confer stellar efficacy in preventing pregnancy. In February 2015, the CDC released a data brief discussing the current trends in usage of LARC. The key findings[…]

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Making Reading Fun at the Boys & Girls Club!

  On an initial walk-through of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, distracted by the pool tables, gym and busy-bodied children running around after school, it is entirely possible to miss one of the most important rooms in the building. However, the children know this room well, as it contains the means by which[…]

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