Welcome to the Beginnings Guides
website for pregnancy and parent education materials designed to compliment home visitation programs and to promote health literacy and reflective practice.

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

Preview The Guides Here.

Latest Blog Post
What should be the core conversation between a doctor and an individual s/he sees for 15 minutes per year?
This question was raised by Winston Wong, Director of Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente, during the Institute of Medicine's recent workshop, Health Literacy: Past, Present and Future.
The workshop marked 10 years since  IOM released the landmark report Health Literacy: A Prescription to End 
Confusion.  A summary of the workshop proceedings was released this month. Download a summary of the 
workshop free from National Academy of Sciences. Definitely worth the read.

Access the current and archived Maternal Health Literacy Newsletters here.

Download of the Week
Centering Pregnancy is a model of group prenatal care. This randomized trial aims to address these questions: Does CenteringPregnancy ("usual care”) promote maternal health literacy. Does CenteringPregnancy plus Beginnings Pregnancy Guide promote maternal health literacy more than usual care?  Can the Maternal Health Literacy Self-Assessment be used as a meaningful measure of maternal health literacy?

Featured Content
Download the Beginnings Guides Brochure.
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.

For Information on The of The Life Skills Progression click here.

I'm always eager to hear about your and with order planning & shipping. We can talk about the content,  health literacy or life . Please feel to share your about the new. For detailed information on, research & development, the evidence base &  evaluation with the Life Skills Progression visit our training and research page.
Sandra Smith, MPH,
For Sandra Smith's Bio please click here
Updated August 29, 2015


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