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The idea of a national baby week originated in 1915, in the General Federation of Women's Clubs, as the result of the successful local events of that character which had already been held, first in Chicago, in 1914, and later in New York, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and elsewhere. Without the support of the Children's Bureau, however, a national baby week would probably never have been the success it has been. This bureau prepared a special bulletin on the local organization and management of baby week campaigns, and spread it broadcast through the country; it undertook to supply inquirers with information bearing on such projects, and it enlisted the sympathy and support of most of the agencies, national, state and local, public and private, available for the furtherance of the work. Forty-seven state departments of health gave their approval and encouragement, and forty-four universities, most of them state universities, joined actively in
NATIONAL BABY WEEK. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(16):1203–1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580420029018
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