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Perinatal Quality Collaborative Awards, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded six states for the State-Based Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) Cooperative Agreement: California, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Funding will enhance the capabilities of PQCs to improve perinatal outcomes by improving the quality of perinatal care in their states. Quality improvement strategies include: reducing maternal morbidity and mortality, reducing elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation, increasing use and documentation of use of antenatal steroids for impending preterm births, increasing breastfeeding rates, and reducing hospital-acquired neonatal infections.
Chronic Disease Prevention Awards, from HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases. Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, a total of 193 awards are being made to states, large and small cities and counties, tribes and tribal organizations, and national and community organizations, with a special focus on populations hardest hit by chronic diseases. Increasing support for breastfeeding is included as a prevention strategy. Read the press release.
Funding for Paid Leave Feasibility Studies, from DoL
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration have awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana, and Rhode Island in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. The studies will inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level. Media highlights include:
- Motherlode (The New York Times blog): "U.S. Awards Grants to Explore and Evaluate Paid Leave"
- The Washington Post: "More paid leave coming to states? Four get $500K to figure it out"
- The Huffington Post: "Paid Maternity Leave Push Underway At U.S. Labor Department"
Chronic Disease Prevention Award, from NWA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded $2.39 million to the National WIC Association for the first year of a three-year project, "Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers & Children." Through the project, NWA will fund and provide support for 36 local WIC agencies to develop and implement community-driven plans to reduce and prevent chronic disease in high-risk areas. Prevention strategies include: increase daily consumption of fruit, vegetables, and healthy beverages among mothers and young children; increase the use of community-based resources to better control chronic disease; and increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.
Early Elective Delivery Position Statement, from AWHONN
A new position statement from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses recommends reducing preventable harm to moms and babies by eliminating overuse of labor induction. Researchers have demonstrated that inducing labor without a medical reason increases the risks for complications for both mother and baby, including decreased breastfeeding, and should not be done except when medically necessary. Read the press release.
National Midwifery Week, from ACNM
National Midwifery Week is October 5-11. View and share the American College of Nurse-Midwives daily action plan, planning kit, and shareable graphics to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care.
Resource to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries, from NQF
The National Quality Forum convened a Maternity Action Team that has developed the Playbook for the Successful Elimination of Early Elective Deliveries. This resource is intended to support all who are practicing and delivering care, and provides specific guidance for hospitals and hospital systems facing various barriers and challenges in their quality improvement (QI) efforts.
News from the Field
Statement on Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth, from WHO
The World Health Organization has published a new statement calling for greater cooperation among governments, healthcare providers, managers, professional associations, researchers, women's advocates, international organizations, and women themselves to end disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth.
CHW Interactive Timeline, from MHP Salud
MHP Salud (Migrant Health Promotion) has developed a CHWs Over the Years interactive timeline, featuring important history and changes of the Community Health Worker (CHW) field. In addition, the timeline highlights state initiatives working to advance CHW infrastructure, professional identity, workforce development, and financing.
Airport Bill Signed Into Law, from CA
Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1787 into law, requiring California's major airports to offer a private room for mothers to breastfeed or pump milk, starting in 2016. Terminals at existing airports must offer rooms with a chair and an electrical outlet for the pump, while new terminals must include rooms with sinks. The law applies to airports serving more than 1 million passengers a year.
Workplace Resource Guide, from MA
The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has published Healthy Workplaces: A Resource Guide for Worksite Wellness. The guide contains listings of non-commercial, publicly available resources on many topics, including breastfeeding.
News and Views
Breastfeeding Medicine: "Speaking Out on Safe Sleep: Evidence-Based Infant Sleep Recommendations"
Work in Progress (DoL blog):
Responses to The Washington Post article "More U.S. hospitals adopting 'baby-friendly' policies":
- Connection Newspapers: "More Mothers Choosing to Breastfeed at Inova"
- NICHQ blog: "Improvements in Maternity Care Practice Are Not Easy"