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

March for Babies with Healthy Start

Mar 30, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Every day, babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We invite you to make a difference for Northeast Florida’s babies by joining the Healthy Start Coalition to “March for Babies.”

The First Coast March of Dimes’ 5k walk is May 7th at 9 am at the Northbank Riverwalk, 300 W. Water St.

If you can’t walk with us, please help by donating to our team. The March of Dimes supports the Coalition by funding programs like the Camellia Project, which aims to improve health knowledge and behaviors and provide support for women who have had a baby in the NICU, to reduce the risk of recurrent poor birth outcomes.

Backwards Until 2 – Latest Car Seat Recommendation

Mar 23, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments

The AAP, a leading resource for child health information, released a new recommendation to keep children in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old or have reached the maximum height and weight requirements. The majority of rear-facing car seats can accommodate children up to 35 lbs.

According to the AAP, children under age 2 are 75 percent safer rear facing than forward facing and in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if rear facing than forward facing.

While parents may have concerns about the comfort of their children’s limbs, the AAP reports that only about 1 in 1,000 children who are rear-facing will suffer a lower extremity injury, while the rate is much higher for forward facing children.

For children of all ages, the back seat is always the safest place to ride. Those 4’9” and under and between 8 and 12 years old should ride in a booster seat.

The new recommendation was developed using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Swedish studies that demonstrate dramatically reduced injury and death rates of children who remain rear facing until age 4.

Florida law requires children to be in rear-facing seats until age 1 or 20 lbs. There is no booster law in the state. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children.

For a low-cost car seat or to have your seat checked for proper installation, contact the following:
• Florida Highway Patrol, 904-695-4115 x232
• Safe Kids Northeast Florida, 904-202-4302

Infant Mortality Rates Drop in Jacksonville

Mar 8, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments

More of Jacksonville’s babies are making it to their first birthday.

The city has seen a significant infant mortality decrease over the past 10 years. In 2009, 40 more babies in Duval County lived to celebrate their first birthdays — a success that the Healthy Start Coalition is proud of and sees a reason for continued community commitment.

“This highlights one of the key factors in the Coalition’s success: our efforts to engage and build awareness in the community around this critical public health issue,” said Rev. Tom Rodgers, a Coalition board member, at a statewide press conference in Tallahassee.

He highlighted several contributing community collaborations, including the JCCI, Inc. infant mortality study, which recently wrapped up its implementation phase; the Black Infant Health Practice Initiative, which Jacksonville was one of eight statewide communities that participated; and the federal Healthy Start program that focuses on preconception health: the Magnolia Project. Additionally, we garnered significant resources to develop and implement a comprehensive education awareness campaign — Make a Noise! Make a Difference! — that successfully reached all segments of our community.

The gains Healthy Start has made aren’t just in Jacksonville. Rev. Rodgers was one of several speakers at the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions’ “Have a Heart, Save a Baby” press conference on Valentine’s Day at the state Capitol Building in Tallahassee. The press conference was held to announce the lowest state infant mortality rate in 20 years and the improved birth outcomes for all races and ethnic groups, and fewer babies were born premature. In addition, significantly fewer died from sleep-related deaths.

Infant mortality is a community problem, and it takes a community to solve it. Many factors contributed to Jacksonville’s success in improving infant health, and the role of community partners in our efforts cannot be ignored. We appreciate and value the many community partners who joined us in our fight against infant mortality.

We are excited and proud of our success in Jacksonville, but we know that the hard work is just beginning. The Coalition will continue to work to ensure EVERY baby born in Florida gets the best possible start in life.