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Maternal and Child Health

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August 2017 - World Breastfeeding Week

April 2017 - Teen Pregnancy

  • From 2010 to 2015, Montana teen birth rate declined from 35.2 per 1,000 to 25.3 per 1,000, but is still higher than the national average and much higher than most other industrialized countries.
  • In 2015, 44% of high school students in Montana reported ever having had sex; 19% did not use an effective birth control method the last time they had sex.
  • Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections can be prevented through education and access to birth control methods including long acting reversible contraception.

March 2017 - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

February 2017 -  National Children's Dental Month

August 2016 - Breastfeeding

  • The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding to at least one year with complimentary foods, this duration is associated with numerous health benefits for mom and baby. Over 91% of Montana mothers initiate breastfeeding, but only 53% breastfeed exclusively at 3 months (76% to 23% among WIC participants). 
  • Montana has 5 Baby Friendly Hospitals, which follow specific practices to support breastfeeding.

July 2016 - Newborn Screening

  • About 1 in 300 newborns has a metabolic, hormonal or functional disorder that can cause disability, developmental delay, illness or death.
  • Through early detection and intervention by a newborn screening program these impacts can be prevented or minimized, so all babies born in Montana—no matter in a hospital, birthing center, or at home—needs to be screened.
  • Follow-up testing, treatment and intervention services are available in Montana.

March 2016 - Oral Health

  • The #1 chronic disease among children is tooth decay and 2 out of 3 children in Montana have at least one cavity by 3rd grade.
  • Tooth decay-causing bacteria can be passed from parent to child; prevention starts during pregnancy.
  • Adequate fluoride during early childhood can prevent tooth decay.