Each letter in MY BABY explains one of six proven ways to keep your baby healthy and strong.



Make Your Date

Babies need 39 weeks to grow. Talk with your doctor or midwife about how to prevent giving birth too soon, and what can be done to help ensure that you deliver full-term.



Your Medical Home

Care well for yourself even after pregnancy. Attend your six-week postpartum visit, and see a doctor, midwife, or gynecologist regularly for well-woman care.



Baby’s Medical Home

Birth is just the beginning. Pick a pediatrician before your baby is born, take your baby to the pediatrician 2-3 days after birth, and attend well-baby check-ups.



ABC’s of Safe Sleep

Protect your baby while (s)he sleeps. Remember the ABC’s: babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib and in a Smoke-free environment.




Breastfeeding is best for your health and your baby. Ask your doctor or midwife about the benefits of breastfeeding and connect to breastfeeding support in your community.



Your Choice: Planning Pregnancy

Give your body time to recover after birth. 18 months between pregnancies is best for your health and for bonding with your baby. Talk with your doctor or midwife about your plans for future pregnancies.


For more information, call 313.961.BABY.

MYBABY is a key messaging strategy developed by the Detroit Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (DIEBO). Funding for DIEBO comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.