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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Once again, August 2014 is the annual observance of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of the month is to highlight the value of immunizations across all ages. The month is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The month is broken down into four weekly modules, focusing on different ages.

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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releases
new infant formula standards

The FDA announced new compliance standards that will apply to infant formulas intended for use by healthy infants without medical or dietary problems. The rule will go in effect by September 8, 2014. The new standards include good manufacturing techniques, requirement for companies to produce information that they support appropriate growth, and testing requirements before entering the marker. The goal is to ensure better safety for this commonly used product.



Office of Women's Health

The Office of Women’s Health (OWH), is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and it works to improve the health of all US women and girls. There is a lot of great information on this website.

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This month in particular, we would like to highlight the Breastfeeding Support ( section. In particular, there are a lot of great resources to help the employers “Supporting Nursing Moms at Work”.

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NICU Journal:
A Parents’ Journey

Tab 7: Glossary of NICU Terms

The last section of the “NICU Journal” is a comprehensive glossary of NICU terms that includes both medical and colloquial words you may hear in the NICU. The section is organized in alphabetical order with short, concise definitions.

Tab 1: Getting to Know Your Baby »
Tab 2: Journaling »
Tab 3: Taking Care of You »
Tab 4: Journey Home »
Tab 5: Developmental Milestones »
Tab 6: Common Conditions, Concerns, and Equipment in the NICU »
Tab 7: Comprehensive Glossary of NICU terms »

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A Parent’s Guide to the Late Preterm Infant
This unique comprehensive book offers families of late preterm infants a much needed resource. It contains:
  1. A discussion about the hospital environment, care providers, and monitoring that may be needed;
  2. A detailed account of medical issues that late preterm infants and their parents might encounter during their baby’s hospital stay;
  3. Pictures that help the reader have a clearer understanding of these medical issues; and
  4. A dictionary with an explanation of commonly used medical terms.

Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro

Precious Preemies: The Post-NICU Years Inspiring Stories of Hope & Survival  from the Littlest Babies in the Littlest State



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