Welcome to the Beginnings Guides
website for pregnancy and parent education materials and training to promote health literacy and reflective practice
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.
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.
to find out more.
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.
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?
-FAQ Pregnancy Guide
New 2014 Edition
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
Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD
Updated August 19, 2014