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.
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BREATHING PATTERNS OF NEWBORNS IN CAR SEATS
A study in the September edition of Pediatrics examined the breathing patterns of health term newborns placed in infant car safety seats and beds. 200 newborns were recruited for the study when they were two days old. Each infant was studied while placed in a hospital crib (30 minutes), car bed (60 minutes) and car seat (60 minutes). The researchers analyzed physiologic data, including oxygen saturation, and frequency and type of apnea, hypopnea and bradycardia.