Eight leading maternal and infant health organizations have issued a joint statement urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for both seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine) flu as soon as possible this year. The eight organiza- tions – the March of Dimes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine – issued the statement because the H1N1 virus has been so deadly to pregnant women. They recommend that pregnant women get immunized for seasonal flu now and for H1N1 flu as soon as this vaccine becomes available. Immunization will provide flu protection for both pregnant women and their newborn babies. To review the joint statement, go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/49267_61363.asp.
Platypus Media has created an abridged version of its popular booklet "Breastfeeding Facts for Fathers." Designed to meet the needs of low literacy readers, the abridged publication is half the length of the original publication, and highlights the crucial role men have in encouraging their partners to breastfeed. Platypus Media is offering a FREE copy of "Breastfeeding Facts for Fathers" to all readers of the Monday Morning Memo* (which, by proxy as APPPAH members, you are!). To request your copy, send an email with your mailing address to Denise@PlatypusMedia.com. For more information, http://www.platypusmedia.com/node/42. [*Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.]
Gestational Diabetes Guides
Two new guides released by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can help women with gestational diabetes and their doctors make informed decisions about different treatments for the condition. The guides provide the latest scientific evidence on the effectiveness and safety of drugs for gestational diabetes, a potentially dangerous condition that affects 7 out of 100 pregnant women. Gestational diabetes resolves after childbirth, but 5 percent of women who had it during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes within 6 months and 60 percent within 10 years. The consumer guide, Gestational Diabetes: A Guide for Pregnant Women, presents treatment options, including diet, insulin, and the oral diabetes medicines glyburide or metaformin, and gives women advice on what they should do after pregnancy, such as having their blood sugar monitored regularly, since they have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The clinician's guide, Gestational Diabetes: Medications, Delivery, and Development of Type 2 Diabetes covers these topics, provides an at-a-glance "clinical bottom line" for managing patients, along with ratings of the evidence for each treatment, a list of risk factors that may mean a woman is likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and other information on helping patients manage gestational diabetes. [9/09; Consumer guide: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/healthInfo.cfm?infotype=sg&DocID=162... Clinician guide: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/healthInfo.cfm?infotype=sg&DocID=163&ProcessID=107]