Both traditional and trendy names make the list of top choices for new Tennessee parents in 2007. Tennessee also has a growing number of parents; the state’s birth rate for 2006 shows a 3.2 percent increase from 2005.

According to the Division of Health Statistics, Tennessee resident births totaled 84,308 in 2006, an increase from the 2005 birth total of 81,720. More than three percent of the 2006 births were multiple births, such as twins or triplets. Nearly 60 percent of babies born in Tennessee in 2006 were born to married parents.

The top ten names new Tennessee parents are choosing for their babies in 2007* are as follows:

1-Madison, William

2-Emma, Jacob

3-Emily, Ethan

4-Addison, James

5-Abigail, Joshua

6-Hannah, Christopher

7-Ava, Jackson

8-Chloe, Michael

9-Isabella, Noah

10-Anna, John

*provisional data

The Department of Health reminds anyone who may have a new baby in the new year that preparations for delivery of a healthy child should start long before the child is born. All women of childbearing age should take a folic acid supplement daily to prevent birth defects that may develop even before a woman knows she’s pregnant. Women who are planning a pregnancy should also get any existing health problems, such as obesity, asthma or diabetes, under control before conception.

Proper prenatal care is also essential to promoting a positive pregnancy outcome. All Tennessee health department clinics offer basic prenatal care services, which include pregnancy testing, education, presumptive eligibility and TennCare enrollment, referral for WIC and referral for obstetric medical management. Select counties across the state provide full obstetrical care for pregnant women. You may contact your local health department for more information.

The Department of Health also works to keep babies and their mothers healthy after delivery. The Division of Maternal and Child Health collaborates with other state government departments, private health care providers and communities throughout Tennessee to assure that every child has a healthful beginning, a medical home and the support to become a healthy adult. Programs include Healthy Start, a nationally recognized, intensive home visiting program for first time parents; the Help Us Grow Successfully (HUGS) program to assist pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age six in gaining access to medical, social and educational services; and programs to assist children with special health care needs.

Learn more about the Department of Health’s services for women and children at http://health.state.tn.us/.



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