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Baby Basics

B'more for Healthy Babies supports the Baby Basics program in Baltimore City. 

What is Baby Basics? 

Baby Basics is a health literacy program that helps pregnant moms read, understand, and act upon pregnancy information. Baby Basics was created by The What to Expect Foundation in New York City to empower parents to be active participants and effectively navigate the healthcare system, advocating on their own behalf and on behalf of their children and families.

The Baby Basics materials can be used one-on-one or with groups of pregnant women:

  • The Baby Basics book  - written at 3rd and 5th grade reading levels – addresses the difficult economic, social, and cultural issues that many pregnant women face. The book's contents conform to ACOG health education standards.
  • The Baby Basics planner helps pregnant women get organized. The booklet has space to record appointments, test results, provider’s instructions, and write questions.
  • The Baby Basics Moms Club curriculum enables trained staff from health systems and community programs to lead group classes for pregnant clients (and Dads, too). 

What are Baby Basics Moms clubs? 

Moms clubs are prenatal education and support groups held by community-based organizations, schools, churches, clinics, prisons, and other entities. B'more for Healthy Babies trains facilitators to conduct group classes using the Baby Basics curriculum. At any given time 

How can clinics benefit from Baby Basics? 

Baby Basics provides clinics and community-based programs with simple tools and strategies for helping each client learn how to care for herself and her baby. The teaching strategies for using Baby Basics serve as a quality improvement tool for clinics that helps organize care for clients.

An initial evaluation of the program found that patients participating in Baby Basics reported increased adherence to prenatal visits and greater satisfaction with their medical care compared with patients who did not participate in the program.

Pregnancy is the health literacy teachable moment. The Baby Basics program offers an appealing, engaging, and safe way to empower your clients for better health and better future.

Links to additional Baby Basics information

For more information please contact:

Liz Tung

Program Director, B’more for Healthy Babies

The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.

2305 N. Charles Street, Suite 200

Baltimore, MD 21218

ltung@familyleague.org

 

 

 

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Baltimore City Health Department,
The Family League of Baltimore, and
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield