CenteringPregnancy workshop coming to Jacksonville in June

Apr 18, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Organizations interested in hosting group prenatal care classes through the CenteringPregnancy model have the opportunity to participate in a workshop organized by the Centering Health Institute.

The workshop is June 24 and 25 from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Complete the registration here.

This two-day interactive workshop provides the basic information needed to begin CenteringPregnancy group care. Demonstration, discussion and practice opportunities at the workshop will draw upon individuals’ experiences and address site-specific needs.

Workshop objectives include:

• Understanding the basic principles underlying a group approach to prenatal care

• Understanding Centering Pregnancy as a particular model of group prenatal care

• Articulating the theory guiding groups and to differentiate Centering groups from other types of groups

• Identifying leadership components

• Understanding the potential contribution of the model to the education of professional students

• Developing a plan for the design and implementation of a Centering program within various agencies

Participants receive 12 credit hours (1.2 CEUs) from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Latest Breastfeeding News & Resources

Apr 12, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative announces grants

The Collaborative awarded grants to three area hospitals to help implement the Baby Friendly Hospital InitiativeShands Jacksonville, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. Funds will be used by the hospitals to support staff training and other activities.

The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global program that promotes exclusive breastfeeding in hospitals through the adoption of 10 steps. There are only two Baby Friendly Hospitals in Florida. None are in Northeast Florida.

Cost Comparison of Baby Friendly and Non–Baby Friendly Hospitals in the United States

The American Academy of Pediatrics published a new study comparing the costs of baby-friendly and non-baby-friendly hospitals. The conclusion showed that becoming baby-friendly is relatively cost-neutral for a typical hospital — usually only ranging from 1 to 5 percent more. The study examined the nursery and labor and delivery costs at both types of facilities.

Research Studies

The University of Florida’s Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns is conducting two research surveys about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support:

The Mothers/Mothers-To-Be Survey

The Support Individuals (Family, Friends, Community) Survey

U.S. Surgeon General releases Call to Action

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released a call to action on breastfeeding on January 20, recognizing both the important health benefits and the barriers that many mothers face. Breastfeeding improves health outcomes, protects against obesity and reduces healthcare costs across the lifespan, but while 75 percent of U.S. mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 13 percent exclusively breastfeed by six months.

Breastfeeding education and support services are available to Northeast Florida’s mothers both prenatally and postnatally through the Healthy Start program. During the 2009-2010 year, 2,500 prenatal clients and 859 postnatal clients in the region received services through the various Healthy Start providers.

The Call for Action includes action steps and implementation strategies for six major sectors of society:

Mothers and their Families: emphasizes the need to educate and inform families about the importance of breastfeeding, and provide the ongoing support mothers need.

Communities: calls upon the entire community to support breastfeeding mothers, through peer counseling support, promotion of breastfeeding through community-based organizations and traditional and new media venues, and the removal of commercial barriers to breastfeeding.

Health Care: urges the health care system to adopt evidence-based practices as outlined in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, etc.

Employment: calls for paid maternity leave; worksite and child care accommodations

Research and Surveillance: emphasizes the need for additional research, especially regarding the most effective ways to address disparities and measure the economic impact of breastfeeding; a national monitoring system.

Public Health Infrastructure: calls for enhanced national leadership.

Free lactaction education available

Health e-Learning is offering free “Experts-in-Lactation Lectures.” There are more than 20 now available, including:

• Panel Discussion – Challenges for LC’s – 35 mins

• Bridget ingle – Common Clinical Breastfeeding Issues – 42 mins

• Sue Cox – Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast and Lactation – 50 mins

• Karolyn Vaughan – IBLCE Exam Requirements – 66 mins

• Elise Chapin – Repaving the Pathway to Breastfeeding Support – 30 mins

• Lida Lhotska – Whatever Happened to Health for All? – 62 mins

• James Akre – What is the Problem with Breastfeeding? – 55 mins

• Karleen Gribble – Infant Feeding in Emergencies – 68 mins

Combating teen pregnancy with real life examples

Apr 11, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Move aside, fake pregnancy bellies and life-like take-home babies. The latest classroom tool used around the county to deter teen pregnancy is a line-up of hit MTV shows.

The New York Times featured an article in the April 10 edition with a slew of examples of how the shows “16 & Pregnant,” “Teen Mom” and “Teen Mom 2” are used to prompt discussions and lessons about the negative effects of teenage parenthood. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy even distributes DVDs and discussion guides for that purpose.

The shows aren’t just discussion prompters in the classroom — they’re also a means for parents to start conversations about sex, contraception and pregnancy with their children. And although it’s often an awkward conversation, teens in Northeast Florida and throughout the country want to be able to have those talks with their parents.

The latest CDC report shows a decline in teen birth rates, but it is still a significant issue that has a negative effect on society and birth outcomes. Teen birth rates in the United States are higher than other industrialized countries — and locally and statewide, rates are even higher than the nation. The NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force meets the second Wednesday of the month at Shands and will develop strategies and iniatives — like educating parents about how to talk to their kids about sex — to combat the issue in the region.