Friday, April 5, 2019

Congenital CMV Public Service Announcement (PSA): Music Video--"Had I Kn...

Please Share This Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video to Prevent Birth Defects from #congenitalCMV The song "Had I Known" © 2018 DebraSong Publishing is used with expressed permission by the songwriter, Debra Lynn Alt. Debra has written and performed for a variety of venues from a Rolling Stone Magazine party, to events for causes she feels passionate about including Habitat for Humanity, Mothers Against Humanity, cancer survivors, child abuse, autism, "MeToo," and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She can be reached at, and also on her website, Video produced in 2019 by Lisa Saunders ( Photos of Elizabeth Saunders (1989-2006) and Natalie Rachels (b. 2006—still going strong) by family, some of Natalie by Jackie Charlebois of Jax Creations Photography. Illustrations by Marianne Greiner, some coloring work by Suzanne Doukas Niermeyer. Natalie’s mother, Jessica Rachels: Find live links to cited references at:
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HOW YOU CAN HELP Contact country/state/county child care licensing programs, public health departments, labor departments and labor unions geared to early childhood educators/child care providers. Ask department commissioners how they protect the unborn children of workers. Offer CMV prevention information: 1. "Staff Education and Policies on Cytomegalovirus (CMV)," American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. (Revised 2017). National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. Retrieved from Caring for Our Children: You can download that page as a pdf by clicking on the upper right side of the webpage: "Save as PDF" 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CMV info available in English and Spanish: "Congenital CMV Facts for Pregnant Women and Parents": In English En Español 3. CMV prevention video, "Why Moms-to-be Should Care About CMV" (3:37-minutes): by research nurse, Anna Bartholomew of central Ohio; video by Joel Copeland, Chief Operating Officer of KMI Learning, pro bono, Youtube, 2015). 4. National CMV Foundation: 5. Model Child Care Health Policies, a book by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has a sample document to be signed by staff (paid or volunteer) to show “Acceptance of Occupational Risk by Staff Members,” which includes “exposure to infectious diseases (including infections that can damage a fetus during pregnancy)” (American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter, Aronson, SS, ed., 2014, p. 116). You may contact Lisa Saunders at

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