Raising children can be very fulfilling, but we know it is also a lot of work. You do a lot and don't have extra time to spend hours looking for helpful parenting information. You love your children and want to support them so they can succeed throughout life. These resources provide information to learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, and safety and health at various stages of your child’s life.

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Just had a baby- New Mom Resources

These resources are designed to help new moms care for their babies and themselves. You will also find links to help parents  understand what to expect with a new baby, recognize developmental signs  and refreshers to keep them safe while they thrive.

After the baby arrives

Pregnant and postpartum women

4th Trimester Project

Postpartum Support International

Beyond the Blues

Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition

Safe Sleep Iowa

The Period of PURPLE Crying

Child abuse prevention

Early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment

Central Iowa Psychological Service

 

Health

These links are designed to help parents find essential health resources available for their children.

Iowa newborn screening education

Immunization recommendations and schedules

I-Smile Dental Initiative

Family planning agencies

Meskwaki Home Visiting Program

 

Services and Support

These links provide information on a range of essential services available for families with young children.

Iowa newborn screening program

Child care

Family care and support services

Voluntary Paternity Affidavit Program

Iowa Fatherhood Projects

Meskwaki Maternal Child Health

Mental health support

Child mental health resources

Iowa SIDS Foundation Grief Support

Crisis services

 

Child Development

These links provide parenting tips and child development resources for various stages of a child’s life.

Ages and stages

Understanding child development

Positive parenting tips

Developmental monitoring and screening