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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Birth Spacing - Just us for 2 years

Moms and babies are healthier if there are at least 2 years from the birth of a baby until Mom gets pregnant again; because of this, the Public Health Nurses working in Contra Costa County are leading a program to spread the word about healthy birth spacing.


What is Birth Spacing?

Birth spacing refers to the amount of time between births and/or pregnancies.

Birth Spacing Terms
  • A birth-to-pregnancy interval is the amount of time from the birth of a baby until the mom gets pregnant again.
  • Short birth spacing is used to describe a birth-to-pregnancy interval that is less than 2 years.

What is healthy birth spacing?

Moms and babies are healthier if there are at least 2 years before Mom gets pregnant again.

Why is this an important topic?

Information we have about Contra Costa County shows that women are having children closer together than 2 years, which puts them at risk for problems.

See also:
- Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
- Women's Health Services