About 700 women in the United States die every year from pregnancy complications, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Black mothers are dying at a rate nearly four times higher than white women. Senator Kamala Harris recently introduced the Maternal Care Act to help prevent maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Right here in the district Mayor Muriel Bowser will be hosting the 2018 Maternal and Infant Health Summit on September 12, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The summit was created “to build on the growing public awareness and interest in this important issue and the District’s new approach to ensure the health of women, babies and families. The summit is an opportunity for elected officials, health officials and DC residents to explore strategies to improve perinatal health and address racial disparities in birth outcomes.” So how can books play a role in supporting this growing effort to improve maternal health?
Reading for leisure is a well-known stress reliever. And according to the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading to your unborn child can, not only reduce stress, it can also create a meaningful bonding experience between family and child. Read more here Benefits of Reading to a Baby in the Womb. And there are types of books that are especially enjoyable to read to your unborn child. Books with rhyming words and a melodic rhythm. Here at Tutu’s Storybooks, we know how to bring diverse books to the community so check out a few of our picks for your next story time with your unborn child. We’re calling this list our “Baby Bump Booklist.” Let us know if these titles warm your hearts as much as they do ours. Click the link to gift all 10 titles included in our exclusive Baby Bump Bundle.
As a diverse children’s book fair and independent retailer that has been servicing communities in the Washington, DC metro area for the past five years this is our way of showing our support for the Mayor’s initiative and to thank her for her recent visit to our children’s book salon.
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