Welcome to the Beginnings Guides
website for pregnancy and parent education materials and training to promote health literacy and reflective practice

New! 2014 Beginnings Pregnancy and Parents Guides are here.

It matters what a mother knows and what a mother does. Beginnings Guides are designed to complement counseling during office and home visits for prenatal and parent education and family support.

What's New on Site
Print the NEW Beginnings Guides Brochure.
To download click here.

Beginnings Guides and Healthy Start Goals
Beginnings Pregnancy Guide translates the science of prenatal care into actionable understandable guidance for a healthy pregnancy. It puts into print the health promotion content of prenatal care as defined by the US Public Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care.
Click here to find out more.

Webinar: Health Literacy in Context - A Non-Clinical Framework for Research and Intervention. To view slides click here. To listen access archived webinar click here.

SAM Guide to selecting or producing health education materials that work
This 36 page guide to selecting and producing health education materials that work for a particular audience uses the SAM Suitability Assessment of Materials with examples from the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide. The SAM synthesizes mounds of research on adult learning to rate materials on 21 factors known to affect comprehension and usability of information. It produces a a score that is useful for comparing materials under consideration and for evaluating information under development. . Click here to download.

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The Institute of Medicine - The New Health Care Law and You

Download of the Week
This project assesses the relationship of maternal health literacy and maternal depression, and their impacts on utilization of adult and child health services and delivery of home visitation services.

Featured Content
-FAQ Pregnancy Guide New 2014 Edition

This Assessment and Planning project aims to assess the feasibility and potential effectiveness of MCH home visitation programs as a channel to bring the resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to disadvantaged and isolated families, and to provide direct assistance to personalize information and apply it in context.

For Information on The Purpose of The Life Skills Progression click here.
I'm always eager to hear about your program and assist with order planning & shipping. We can talk about the content,  health literacy or life skills development. Please feel free to share your thoughts about the new website. For detailed information on training, research & development, the evidence base & program evaluation with the Life Skills Progression visit our training and research page.
contact me at 1.800.444.8806 or sandras@beginningsguides.com  
Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD
For Sandra Smith's Bio please click here
Updated April 14, 2014
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