Third-hand smoke is the latest identified risk to babies

Apr 25, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Second-hand smoke has become a common term but a newly identified threat from smoking — third-hand smoke — can be just as dangerous, even in the womb.

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology and conducted by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute found that third-hand smoke — when the toxins linger on a smoker, fabric and other surfaces after the cigarette is extinguished — can impact the lung development in utero.

The impact third-hand smoke has on lung development can lead to asthma and other respiratory ailments that can last a lifetime.

The study also showed that infants living in houses with strict no-smoking policies have nicotine levels that are six times lower than infants exposed to smoke.

For more on the study, click here.

Pregnant women and their families in Northeast Florida who want to quit smoking  can call the Florida QuitLine (1-888-U-CAN-NOW) or access free smoking cessation classes called “Quit Smoking Now.”

Task Force launches prenatal care campaign in Baker County

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

Pregnant women in Baker County aren’t getting the care they need — so the Baker County Infant Mortality Task Force has set out to let the community know: Moms Matter!

The Task Force has launched a media campaign targeted at pregnant women and the overall community, to promote early and regular prenatal care and make sure the community is supporting women during their pregnancies.

Ads have run in the newspaper, local articles and news blurbs on the issue have been printed (check them out here and here) and fans will be available to churches and community agencies. The fans include a list of over 100 “Intentional Acts of Kindness Toward a Pregnant Woman.” The Coalition also has a Web page devoted to resources in the community available to pregnant women!

Seeking prenatal care early — in the first trimester — and regularly is vital to the health of babies. Mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight babies and five times more likely to have their baby die, compared to mothers who do receive prenatal care.

Most women in Baker County receive their prenatal care from private physicians and the county health department. Prenatal care should begin in the first trimester, but many women enter into care late (second trimester or later) or do not enter into care at all.

Stork’s Nest to open April 30

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Women who don’t receive prenatal care early and regularly are more likely to have poor birth outcomes — but pregnant women in North Jacksonville will soon have a new resource to promote their health and well-being during this critical time.

The Zeta Phi Beta sorority is opening a new Stork’s Nest program on April 30 at 11 am at their Northside location: 3805 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209. The Beta Alpha Zeta chapter established the Stork’s Nest to increase prenatal care and education by providing much needed baby and maternity items to local expectant mothers who are at-risk for preterm births

The national Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1972 to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy through a two-tiered program of incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients earn points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, by participating in health-promoting activities like attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes and keeping appointments for well-baby visits.

Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork’s Nests serving nearly 30,000 women.

Locally, the Stork’s Nest is sponsored by the Healthy Start Coalition and a collaboration between the March of Dimes and the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Inc.

CenteringPregnancy workshop coming to Jacksonville in June

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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