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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every 10 seconds a report of child abuse is made. Child abuse has no boundaries. It crosses all ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and all levels of education. In 2011 more than 11,000 children were found to be neglected or abused.
There is no excuse for child abuse. Below are resources that will help you be aware of child abuse.

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The purpose of the Arkansas WIC Program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is to improve the nutrition of eligible pregnant women, moms, infants and young children to age 5 by:

  • Directly supplementing their diets with foods rich in nutrients they need
  • Providing nutrition education and counseling
  • Breast-feeding support
  • Referrals to other services

Click here to learn more about WIC. Contact your local health unit to apply for WIC.

I’m Pregnant!

Congratulations! Having a baby is one of the most exciting yet difficult journeys you will ever take. Begin by seeing your doctor regularly during pregnancy.

The things you do or don’t do will make a big difference in your baby’s health. While no one can be sure you will have a perfect baby, here are some things you can do:

  • See your doctor early in your pregnancy and keep regular checkups.
  • Ask your doctor before taking any medication.
  • Drink plenty of water each day.
  • Click here for more tips.
Tax Season: Get ALL of Your Credits

If you paid for child care at an Arkansas licensed two or three star Better Beginnings program you could qualify for a refundable state tax credit. Click here to find out if you meet the requirements!

For additional information and assistance on paying for your child care, click here.

Dangers of Elective Preterm Birth

Did you know that inducing labor or delivery by c-section without a medical reason before a woman reaches 39 weeks could harm your baby? Not only can cutting your pregnancy short have serious, even fatal, consequences, but it also can cause problems for the mother.

Educating expectant moms about preterm inductions is one of March of Dimes’ missions. Help spread the message by participating in their events across Arkansas and west Tennessee. Click here to learn more about the 2013 March of Dimes events.  

For more information about the dangers of elective preterm births, click on the links below:


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