Spanish-Language Site Focuses on Prematurity as Key Issue for Families
The March of Dimes has re-launched its Spanish-language maternal-child information website, nacersano.org. Some of the topics covered on nacersano.org include staying healthy during pregnancy, labor and delivery, newborn care, and prematurity. Among the new features are numerous recipes rich in folate from many Latin American countries, "Just for Dads" features, a calendar of special events of interest to the Hispanic community, and features on Latino families in the US who have compelling stories to tell, primarily related to prematurity and folic acid. Visitors can also email questions related to maternal health and pregnancy to firstname.lastname@example.org. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.]
Member Glennie Feinsmith sends this dispatch from Ashland, Oregon, long known for being a socially conscious, forward-thinking community, but whose birth practices, with small pockets of exceptions, followed the typical national patterns: "The energy recently opened for that to change.
I was in my car driving to Tucson listening to an NPR interview with a Stanford MD, talking about his work in Medical Ethics. He also spoke about the first novel he had just written, entitled Cutting For Stone. It is about twin boys born in Ethiopia. Sounded interesting, so I drove into a Borders and bought the hardback book. Why am I writing about this to an APPPAH publication? It was a story of twin boys joined at birth, with a cluster of losses and pain.