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.
It offers excellent educational resources for conveying the message to parents of the importance of every week of pregnancy. It also contains a step-by-step guide to assist hospital leaders with implementation efforts and a guide for measuring quality improvement effectiveness over time. The kits' appendices include sample forms and hospital case studies. For more information on the kit, and other tools for clinicians, staff, and patients/consumers, go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/index_professionals_66663.asp or download a free copy of the toolkit at http://www.marchofdimes.com/files/_39_Weeks_Toolkit.pdf. A more city-specific approach can be found in Public Citizen's "Guide to Avoiding Unnecessary Cesarean Sections in New York State" and the responses from three health professionals.
The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide To The NICU
Preemie Magazine founder and former publisher Deb Discenza has teamed up with award-winning director/producer Nicole Conn to create a new guide for parents of preemies, The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU. The goal of the book is to share the information that they would have wanted to receive when their babies were hospitalized in the neonatal ICU. Learn more about the project, and access information, resources and support, their shared website, www.preemieworld.com. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition]
APPPAH-Friendly Federal Research Grant
Emma Miller passes on news of this important funding resource, relevant to those who "...conduct research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health or functioning of newborns, infants..." HHS Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health NICHD Program Project Grant (P01) http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=56310
Breastfeeding Report Card From CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its 2010 Breastfeeding Report Card which provides state-by-state data for use by organizations and individuals to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. According to the Report Card, three out of every four new mothers in the US starts out breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding rates for children 6 and 12 months and rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months remain low. These show that while mothers in the US want to breastfeed and are trying to do so, they also face multiple barriers to breastfeeding. For more information, access the 2010 Breastfeeding Report Card at http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm
Fact Sheet: Break Time For Nursing Mothers
A new fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor providers information on break time requirements for nursing mothers that are now in effect as a result of passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These requirements took effect when the PPACA was signed into law in March 2010. The fact sheet outlines the general provisions of the law, noting that "employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time the employee has need to express the milk." Employers must also provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk." To review the entire fact sheet online go to http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.htm. [Courtesy of Judy Meehan at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition]