The March of Dimes, in collaboration with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and the California Department of Health, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Division, has created a quality improvement toolkit. "Elimination of Non-Medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age" was developed in order to support hospitals, and includes a comprehensive literature review about the importance of eliminating elective deliveries before 39 weeks.
Past APPPAH co-president Wendy McCord is director of the new In The Womb Project for the Gladys T. McGarey Medical Foundation. Writes Wendy, "Our group is working hard to get a new paradigm of compassion and knowledge out to the universe." Their August launch announcement says, "We are made up of a group of women and men who have a deep appreciation and respect for mothers and babies.
This section of the APPPAH Newsletter is intended to draw attention to items in the news that are pertinent to prenatal and perinatal psychology. APPPAH does not necessarily agree with, or vouch for, the scientific worthiness of any of the news items mentioned here. Just reporting...
BREAKING NEWS: THE 1ST NINE MONTHS MAY SHAPE THE REST OF LIFE!
Forgive the editorial facetiousness; for most general readers the cover story of the Oct. 4 issue of Time magazine it may indeed be a major revelation to learn that in addition to genes, childhood experiences and adult lifestyle choices determining what we're like, there's "another powerful source of influence you may not have considered: your life as a fetus. The nutrition you received in the womb; the pollutants, drugs and infections you were exposed to during gestation; your mother's health and state of mind while she was pregnant with you—all these factors shaped you as a baby and continue to affect you to this day."