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You think you’re stressed?  Protecting Babies in the 21st Century

TOMORROW Friday, May 19, 2017


2103 Rayburn House Office Building

 Dear Colleague,

Children who experience chronic, severe stress may be biologically and psychologically less able to adapt and cope with new stresses when they occur, contrary to the idea that regular stress toughens people and increases their resiliency. Many young children
live with stress of this kind.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, among the 11 million infants and toddlers under the age of three, 5.2 million live in low-income families, and 2.6 million live in poor families. Children under age three account for 28 percent of
substantiated cases of abuse or neglect. Additionally, more than one infant in 10 will experience her mother’s depression in the first year. Many children experience more than one of these adversities—one in six infants and toddlers experiences three or more
risk factors such as a family in poverty, a parent with low education level or who is unemployed, or residential mobility.

The biological effects of stressors like these can undermine a child’s ability to concentrate, remember things, and control their own thinking. Fortunately, while these stressors can undermine the organization of brain and behavioral systems, the effects
can be reversed.  Research has demonstrated that young children’s early relationships are the most important context for shaping individual differences in stress reactivity and coping.

We invite you to join a briefing hosted by the Congressional Baby Caucus with experts on parenting education, pediatric stress, positive attachment interventions, and pediatric sleep. Our distinguished panelists will analyze the impact of
chronic stress on babies and discuss intervention strategies and policy opportunities.

The briefing will feature:

  • Dr. Monica Ordway, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC, Yale School of Nursing
  • Dr. Lois Sadler, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, Yale School of Nursing
  • Dr. Nancy Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Yale School of Nursing
  • Cindy Oser, RN, MS, Director, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Strategy, ZERO TO THREE

We hope you and your staff will be able to join us. Space is limited, so please RSVP to AJ at or Andrew at




Rosa L. DeLauro

Member of Congress


Chuck Fleischmann

Member of Congress

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