This site provides information and resources that address prenatal health and prevention related to birth defects, folic acid, the effects of alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy, family health history, newborn screening, STD/STIs and HIV, and healthy relationships. By educating yourself on these topics, you are making the best choice for you and your baby!
Information you will find here:
- What is a Moodle?
It is a free web application that provides an online tutorial or self-study resource for this curriculum. There are two versions of this course, one for students and one for teachers.
- How do I access the Ounce of Prevention MOODLE course for students?
- Go to https://extweb.missouri.edu/accountmanager to create an Extension passport. Once you have a passport, you can register for the Ounce of Prevention Moodle
- Go to https://extweb.missouri.edu/courses
- Click on Categories at the top left
- Select the “+” in front of “Nutrition and Health”
- Click on “Health”
- The click the course name – “Ounce of Prevention: Student Resources” and follow the directions to register for the course
- Once you have registered for the course, you can log in to the Moodle using this link: https://extcourses.missouri.edu/login/index.php
Chapter 1: Birth Defects
- U.S. Department of Education video “And Down Will Come Baby”
This short video (17 minutes) explains how exposure to alcohol and other drugs effects a fetus. Watch online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKwTlaCiLUI
- The Visible Embryo,
This visual guide of fetal development from fertilization through pregnancy to birth features a time lapse illustration of fetal development in the first 13 weeks.
Chapter 2: Folic Acid
- A music video that gives a glimpse into the life of a child with Spina Bifda, “Angels Don’t Walk” online video PSA (3:40 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwSyBtIM2NA
- A Folic Acid Quiz,
Take this interactive quiz from the Centers for Disease Control, which alerts users when they choose an incorrect answer and provides hints.
Chapter 3: Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
- What’s a Drink?,
Watch this entertaining (3 minute) video on the alcohol content of various beverages.
- Baby Born Free,
Includes a 30 second video and a slideshow about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Spectrum Disorders online video (16:54 minutes), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8pBvjoMc0M
Chapter 4: Tobacco Use During Pregnancy, and Following Birth
- Refer to the Resources section of this web page to research the associated risks of tobacco use during pregnancy and following the birth of the baby – learn the associated risks of breastfeeding while smoking, SIDS and infertility. Make a condensed list of the top five risks.
Chapter 5: Family Health History
- Go to http://health.mo.gov/living/families/genetics/familyhistory to learn about Family Health History and how it can be helpful to you and your family.
- Create your own family health history using the My Family Health Portrait tool at http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory. The tool diagrams a family health history using the symbols and abbreviations that genetic counselors use. After entering the information, save it for future updates and print it to share with family and health care workers.
Chapter 6: Preconception Health
- Watch the March of Dimes video “Healthy Food Choices” (5 minutes)
- Make a list of the number of extra calories needed daily during pregnancy.
- What four key nutrients are identified?
- What three foods should be avoided?
- What are some examples of healthy snacks?
- What suggestion is given about caffeine and tuna consumption?
Chapter 7: Newborn Screening
- Complete this interactive tutorial from MedLine Plus about Newborn Screening, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/newbornscreening.html
Chapters 8 & 9: STI’s and HIV/AIDS
- An entertaining way to review the basics of sexually transmitted infections: Adventures in Sex City, an educational game for mature youths, http://www.healthunit.com/article.aspx?ID=15160
- For questions about contraceptives and preventing STI’s, check this site: Contraceptive Comparison Tool, http://carolinateenhealth.org/contraceptivecomparison.aspx
Chapter 10: Healthy Relationships
- My Paper Boyfriend or My Paper Girlfriend, An online activity to create an ideal boy- or girlfriend and respond to some challenging situations in the relationship.
- Love is Respect, http://www.loveisrespect.org/, website that provides information and quizzes to promote healthy relationships and to prevent/end abusive relationships
- Love Is Not Abuse, http://loveisnotabuse.com, website that provides information and tools about domestic violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center
for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
This site offers information, fact sheets, articles and audio podcasts on a variety of topics, including:
- Birth defects: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd
- Folic acid printed materials: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/freematerials.html
- Pediatric genetics: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pediatricgenetics
- Pregnancy: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy_gateway
- Folic acid
- Genetic counseling
- Prenatal care
- Alcohol and prescription drug use
- Eating and nutrition
- Teen pregnancy
- Birth defects
- Chickenpox during pregnancy
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Clubfoot and other foot deformities
- Congenital heart defects
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes during pregnancy
- Down Syndrome
- Low birthweight
- Rh disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Stress and pregnancy
- Tay-Sachs disease
- Perinatal statistics: http://marchofdimes.com/peristats
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
Children’s Miracle Network
Maternal and Child Health
American Medical Association - Genetics and Molecular Medicine
Centre for Genetics Education