Part of The Science Inside series which presents science information in an easy-to-read format, this booklet summarizes what health professionals know about healthy babies and mothers. It shows women how to avoid or reduce the health risks of pregnancy, provides information about the development of healthy infants and toddlers, and outlines the steps of pregnancy from conception to labor and delivery to postnatal care. Having Healthy Babies directs readers to more sources of information and to the latest scientific research. Additional resources, a bibliography, and a glossary are also included.
All of the booklets in The Science Inside series can be used to help students build important health literacy skills, such as understanding important preventative health measures; understanding basic health information with a goal towards utilizing it to make appropriate health decisions; and understanding national and international public health and safety issues. This book could be useful in a high-school health class to study healthy pregnancy and child care. Early childhood elective classes may also find it helpful. An important thing to stress while using this booklet is that it is focused around the idea of what scientific research, knowledge, and technology have contributed to the health and well-being of mothers and babies. As such, it can be useful to provide some context for discussions of the nature of scientific research and its benefits to society. After reading this booklet, students can do more research on statistics regarding maternal and child health around the world to gain a better understanding of sociological issues that can have an impact on health.