OB/Gyn & Mom of Preemies Offers Guidance Borne of Personal & Professional Knowledge

Six years ago, OB/gyn Jennifer Gunter lived the experience of preterm labor as a patient, rather than as the treating physician, which changed her life and her work. Pregnant with triplets, Dr. Gunter lost her son Aidan after he was born at 22 1/2 weeks. She then delivered sons Oliver and Victor at 26 weeks, followed by the months and years of medical and financial stressors common to many parents of preemies. Today, Jennifer Gunter shares tips and strategies, as well personal experience with her sons, on her blog and website, www.PreemiePrimer.com. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition]

Call For Update On FDA Advice On Fish Consumption And Pregnancy

Two experts on brain health have drafted an open letter and an online petition to ask the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update its 2004 advice on fish consumption during pregnancy. According to Professors Thomas Brenna of Cornell University and Michael Crawford of London Metropolitan University, the FDA's advice is out of date and "may be inadvertently causing harm." In their letter they note that the 2004 recommendation that women who are pregnant, lactating or may become pregnant limit their fish consumption to a maximum of 12 ounces of fish per week, due to concerns about methyl-mercury in fish, is no longer consistent with current science. They cite new evidence that consumption of more than 12 ounces per week of most types of fish will actually improve fetal neurodevelopment, in spite of any methyl-mercury present. The letter closes with a call to FDA to complete its work on a draft report that was released in January 2009. Open letter/petition at http://docs.google.com/View?id=df3g99f6_136dq6b84gw. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition; Ed. note—Michel Odent wrote about this in JOPPPAH in 2004. Stick with APPPAH to stay on the leading edge of research!]

Online CE Program On SIDS Risk Reduction

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has launched an online version of the Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction for Nurses. The continuing education (CE) module was produced by NICHD in partnership with several nursing organizations, the First Candle-SIDS Alliance, and the National Institute of Nursing Research to provide nurses with information about sudden infant death syndrome and tools to effectively communicate risk-reduction techniques to parents and caregivers. Module available at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS/nursececourse/Welcome.aspx. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition]