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Sleeping Safely: Create a Safe Sleep Environment for Your Baby

Welcoming a new member into the family is exciting! As parents, making sure your baby is safe is a top priority. One important part of infant care is creating a safe sleep environment. Safe sleep practices reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related accidents.     Always place your baby…

Common Reproductive Health Concerns for Women

Reproductive health is the physical, mental, and social well-being of the male and female reproductive systems during all stages of life. The female reproductive system includes the ovaries and uterus. Taking care of this system is important for your personal health and well-being. It is especially important if you may want to become a mother,…

How Does Racism Affect Pregnancy & Birth Outcomes?

What are Racial Disparities & How Does Racism Affect Pregnancy? Racial disparities in health outcomes result from the unfair treatment of people due to their race. Experiencing racism over a lifetime creates high levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes the body to not work as well as it should (1). This process…

What is CMV and how does it affect my baby?

What is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that people of all ages can get. About 1 in 3 children gets CMV by age 5 [1]. Some babies are born with a CMV infection, which is called “congenital CMV”. Most people can get CMV during childhood when germs spread easily [2]. CMV can be…

Preventing cervical cancer is possible with screenings and immunizations

Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of death for women in the United States and the 4th most common cancer amongst women around the world[1]. Now, thanks to screenings and vaccinations, cervical cancer is far less deadly. There are two types of cervical cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma[2]. Most cervical cancers are caused…

How Doulas will help improve birth outcomes for Black families in Detroit

Detroit  has one of the highest maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the nation. Black women and birthing people are too often not listened to nor taken seriously by health providers when addressing health-related concerns. They are also more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions such as blood pressure disorders, heart diseases, blood clots,…

Local and national leaders attend opening of WIN Network Group Prenatal Care Center

Since 2016, WIN Network: Detroit has provided an enhanced model of group prenatal care in a shared space at Henry Ford Medical Center – New Center One. This program for prenatal care unites Community Health Workers, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Medical Assistants to attend to moms’ clinical and social needs. We are proud to announce…

WIN Network: Detroit mom advocates for infant safe sleep after loss of her son

Essie Boatwright was a WIN Network: Detroit group prenatal care participant in 2019 when she was pregnant with her son, Alexander. Just 33 days after Alexander’s birth, a tragic accident took his life as he was co-sleeping. Essie has used this tragedy to become an advocate for infant safe sleep to ensure that no family…

File your taxes in 2022 to receive your 2021 Child Tax Credit

Do you have kids under 18 in your home? You should have received the first half of your child tax credit in monthly cash payments from July-December 2021. To receive the second half of your credit, file taxes in 2022! Didn’t receive your payments in 2021? It’s not too late, but you must file your…

Follow the ABC’S of infant safe sleep to prevent infant deaths

October is Safe Sleep awareness month! Did you know that the way your baby sleeps could put them at risk of an unsafe sleep death? Every year, about 3,500 babies in the United States die because of unsafe sleep. Keeping your baby safe while they sleep is simple if you follow the ABC’S of infant…

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