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Pregnancy and Childbirth

BadgerCare Plus: BadgerCare Plus is a health insurance program available to all Wisconsin children, regardless of income. Others who may be eligible include pregnant women, parents and caretakers, young adults who are leaving foster care when they turn 18, and farmers and self-employed people. Find out if you are eligible for BadgerCare Plus and other health and nutrition programs by visiting Access or call 1-800-362-3002.

text4baby sends free weekly text messages, timed to an expectant mother's due date or her baby's birth date. Information about the program, how it works and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the website. The messages, which have been reviewed by government and nonprofit health experts, deal with nutrition, immunization and birth defect prevention, among other topics. The messages will continue through the baby's first birthday.

Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center:  An online guide to a healthy pregnancy and caring for your baby from the March of Dimes.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives website has information on the philosophy of nurse-midwifery care, how to find a nurse-midwife, and other maternity topics.

Breastfeeding support from La Leche League of Wisconsin; includes links to local Wisconsin La Leche groups.

Newborn Screening in Wisconsin: This program, administered by the Department of Health Services, helps parents find out if their baby has certain health needs.

BabyCenter Topics A-Z:  This site, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, includes information on pregnancy, adoption, and health, nutrition and safety for your newborn and toddler.

Steps Women Can Take for Healthier Babies, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dealing with Difficulties and Complications

RESOLVE is a national organization serving the needs of people struggling with infertility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes information about fertility treatment success rates. An annual report includes fertility clinic reports by state.

Postpartum depression may affect between 8 percent and 15 percent of new mothers. More than just the “baby blues,” this condition can affect your baby’s health and development and may require treatment. If you need immediate help or a referral, call the Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Hotline at 1-800-722-2295.

Choose a topic on the left side of the following Web resource:   At Home Preemie Care. This site was developed by The Meriter Foundation.

Care Tips for High-Risk Newborns: Information from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on conditions and care of babies that require neonatal care.

Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care: Support and resources that may be helpful if you have received a prenatal diagnosis indicating your baby likely will die before or after birth.

The Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program provides information to parents who have experienced the birth of a stillborn infant.

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Children and Teens

Wisconsin Immunization Registry, from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, may have your child's current immunization records if the provider is using the registry.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about the vaccines needed by infants and children and preteens and teens.

Parenting, from the University of Wisconsin Extension, offers newsletters, podcasts, and other resources for new and expecting parents.

AboutOurKids.org, from the New York University Child Study Center, focuses on mental health issues facing children, teens and their families.

Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy, from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, provides information to help parents learn practical parenting skills.

KidsHealth is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to children's health.

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Last Revised: August 15, 2014