Office on Women's Health Blog
Motherhood is full of choices, and one of the first decisions to make is how you're going to feed your baby. The choice between breastfeeding and formula feeding is a personal one. My choice was to breastfeed, and I quickly learned why they call breastfeeding a journey.
Did you know that half of pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned? And did you know that planned pregnancies are better for mothers' and infants' health? That's why the U.S. Office of Population Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released formal recommendations on family planning services. I spoke with Susan B. Moskosky, acting director of the Office of Population Affairs, to learn more about quality family planning and why it matters.
Be an influencer! Research shows women influence the habits of those around them. When we set a positive example by prioritizing our own health, we encourage others to make healthy choices, too — including our kids. Fortunately, it's never been easier for women to take control of their health.
Your health isn't just important to you — it's important to us, too. For the past 30 years, the HHS Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH) has been leading the charge to help women and girls achieve the best possible health.
As we observe both National Women's Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is the opportune time to raise awareness about hepatitis B and hepatitis C among women. Chronic viral hepatitis affects 3.5–5.3 million Americans — including millions of women — and most are unaware of their infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to liver disease, liver cancer, and liver failure. Learn what steps every woman can take to avoid these dangerous outcomes.
Women's History Month reminds us to pay tribute to the generations of women who have contributed to the growth of our nation, in public and private life. As we celebrate Women's History Month and recognize the extraordinary achievements women have made throughout history, I'd also like to reflect on the accomplishments the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made over the last year to improve the lives of women and girls
Vaccines are very important for women — especially for pregnant women. Pregnancy changes your immune system, and during this time of year, you may become more vulnerable to the flu. A flu shot is the best protection against serious complications of the flu, like pneumonia.
Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Anna Kindermann, Dr. Juliette Kendrick, Yvonne Green
Text4baby is a free mobile health education service in the U.S. that provides pregnant women and mothers with an infant under age one with credible, evidence-informed health information. HHS has been involved in text4baby since the beginning, and today we're celebrating the program's fourth birthday.