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October 2013

Working Together to Support Father Involvement

Wednesday, 10/30/2013

First 5 San Bernardino is holding an event on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 9:30am-11:00am for a coalition-building meeting to supprt father involvement. Father absence is a significant problem in San Bernardino County. Community stakeholders would like to utilize this event to encourage more men to stand in the gap for their children and thier chilen's mothers. The objectives of this event are to develop organizational sructure, establish clear goals and measurable objectives, and to develop a system for evaluating success.

*The event will be help at the REACH OUT office:

1126 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite 150, Upland, CA 91786

Pre-register for this event @

Contact Jeff Faulkerson for further information:


Nearly 18 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol in early stages of pregnancy

Wednesday, 10/23/2013

A new report by the Substance Ause and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows approximately 18 percent of women in their first trimester used alcohol within the past month. The same report also states that the level of alcohol use dropped among pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. Women who drink alcohol while pregnant increases their infant's risk of developing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which consists of conditions such as physical, behavioral, and learning problems.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Wednesday, 10/16/2013

The death of Miriam Carey, who led police on a car chase from the White House to Capitol Hill before being shot as she emerged from her vehicle, is focusing attention on postpartum depression. According to her family, Carey suffered from the condition. The following article gives insight to the mental illness and answers the questions that people often wonder the most.

Canada needs to find out why new mothers take their lives

Wednesday, 10/16/2013

When a young mother takes her own life and sometimes the lives of her children, their deaths are considered senseless tragedies. Maternal suicide should be understood as something that is both preventable and much more common than people think. The following article explains how Canada does not have any type of system for analyzing how many maternal deaths are caused by psychiatric illness such as postpartum depression. It is believed that maternal deaths due to psychiatric illness is rare, therefore not a high priority. Postnatal depression often results in maternal suicide, which is a tragedy that can be avoided if detected sooner.

Fathers and Postnatal Depression

Monday, 10/14/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fathers are sometimes faced with difficulties when the mother of their child is suffering from postnatal depression. Fathers often times have difficulty understanding postnatal depression and are unaware of the consequences for the mother, their infant, and themselves. This article helps fathers gain a better understanding of their role with their partner in relation to the illness and how crucial thei r interaction can be. Read more:

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