Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 8, 2014

Federal News

Public Health Reports Article on Breastfeeding, from OSG

The September/October edition of Public Health Reports' Surgeon General's Perspectives article focused on the role of hospitals in helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals, emphasizing the Office of the Surgeon General's continued commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers. Public Health Reports is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. 

Breastfeeding and Ebola Recommendations, from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published Recommendations for Breastfeeding/Infant Feeding in the Context of Ebola. The document is intended for use by field and partner organizations to advise breastfeeding women with probable or confirmed Ebola virus disease.

Quality Improvement Webinar, from CDC

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Breastfeeding and Human Milk Quality Improvement Initiatives webinar on Thursday, October 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will present a discussion of quality improvement initiatives addressing human milk and breastfeeding, including use of human milk in the neonatal intensive care setting and improving support for breastfeeding in hospitals. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion. Register for the webinar.

State Snapshots, from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released State Snapshots, providing easy-to-read charts on the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement in each state and the District of Columbia. State Snapshots data are drawn from the 2013 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report and can be analyzed by type of care, treatment setting, clinical condition, insurance status, race and income. Reported data include prenatal care, infant mortality, obstetric trauma, and birth trauma.


Member News

#WellnessWed Twitter Chat, from MomsRising

Join MomsRising, Every Mother Inc., and the Office on Women's Health at hashtag #WellnessWed for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, October 15, at 2 p.m. ET. Learn about the rights of breastfeeding employees and tools and resources to help navigate breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace.

 

National Midwifery Week, from ACNM

In celebration of National Midwifery Week, the American College of Nurse-Midwives has launched the Healthy Birth Initiative. The initiative aims to maximize women's opportunity to have a healthy birth using their own natural physiology while avoiding unnecessary procedures that may interfere with that process. The initiative takes a three-pronged approach, equipping women, maternity care providers, and quality managers, hospital policymakers, and payers with the tools to inspire better care, better health, and lower costs. In addition, ACNM has introduced a new video inviting consumers to learn more about today's midwives. Follow the latest news and actions on social media with hashtag #YesToHealthyBirth.  


State/Community News

Paid Family Leave Program, from DC

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a new paid leave policy for District government employees. Effective October 1, employees can receive up to eight weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 

Campaign to Improve State Breastfeeding Rates, from KS

The Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding marked the start of a campaign aimed at improving the state's breastfeeding rates. The campaign will include building a blueprint for how to change the culture in Kansas so that more moms and babies have the opportunity to breastfeed.


News and Views

Office on Women's Health blog: "Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage: What You Need To Know"

The Huffington Post: "Labor Secretary Thomas Perez On Maternity Leave: We Aren't 'Serving Our Women'"

Native Max magazine: "Breastfeeding Coalitions Emerging Across Indian Country"

The Root: "How the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hopes to Heal America's Race Problem"

The Detroit News: "Breastfeeding and making hospitals baby-friendly"

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