Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 30, 2013

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USBC Updates

Save the Date!

The Fifth National Conference of State/Territorial/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions will be held August 2-4, 2014, in the Washington DC area. Please stay tuned for details and watch for the Exhibitor/Marketing Prospectus to be published in mid-November, and the Call for Presentation Proposals to be launched in January.


Please Welcome New National Nonprofit Member: HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One (HC One) is the national leader in advancing respectful, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. Since 1986, HC One has focused on collaborative work with grassroots maternal and child health and social service providers, training community health workers and assisting organizations in program development to incorporate trained community health workers into paid positions for outreach, health education, and community health advocacy. HC One works directly with 114 communities in the U.S. and internationally and mobilizes diverse stakeholders around policies to improve maternal and child health in some of the most distressed communities. By challenging community health workers to find their own voice and training them to share vital health information with others who have little access to resources, HC One helps community residents share their skills close to home. Through training and technical assistance to frontline community organizations, HC One helps them tap the powerful resources that already exist in their neighborhoods. Then, because this work involves grassroots consensus-building, HC One brings this perspective into national conversations. This work helps to strengthen and transform communities over time to significantly improve maternal and child health and impact health policy.

Member News

Redefinition of "Term Pregnancy", from ACOG

In a joint Committee Opinion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have redefined "term pregnancy" to improve newborn outcomes and expand efforts to prevent nonmedically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation. The new definition replaces the general label "term pregnancy" with a series of more specific labels: "early term", "full term", "late term", and "postterm". Read the press release.

Partner News

Business Case for Racial Equity, from WKKF and Altarum Institute

A new report from Altarum Institute and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) entitled The Business Case for Racial Equity details the economic impact of racism and the benefits of advancing racial equity as the nation's demography continues to evolve. The brief draws research from a range of sources including the Center for American Progress, National Urban League Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the U.S. Department of Justice, weaving statistics together to tell the broader story of race in America and its costs. Read the press release.

Top Hospitals' Formula for Success, from Ban the Bags and Public Citizen

A study from Public Citizen and the Ban the Bags campaign (a project of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition) showed that the vast majority of the top ranked hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list no longer distribute gift bags from infant formula manufacturers. Sixty-seven percent of top hospitals in gynecology (30 out of 45) reported not distributing formula company sponsored discharge bags, formula samples, or other promotional materials to mothers in their maternity units. Eighty-two percent (14 of 17) of U.S. News' Honor Roll, or overall best hospitals, reported having a policy or practice against distributing formula company sponsored discharge bags or other promotional materials. Read the press release.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Action Alert, from National Women's Law Center

Introduced in both houses of Congress this spring, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make the same types of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions as they do for disabilities. Join the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act by taking action in support of pregnant workers. E-mail your legislator with the easy action tool and help spread the word with shareable infographics on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Baby-Friendly Messaging Resource, from the Best Start Resource Centre

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Best Start demonstration project in Canada works to develop and implement interventions to promote the health of women and families before, during, and after pregnancy. The Resource Centre builds on the lessons learned during the project and provides support to communities, including resources on breastfeeding. The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Evidence-Informed Key Messages and Resources is a new resource that provides key supports for agencies implementing or maintaining the standards of the Baby-Friendly initiative (BFI). It highlights the key points regarding each of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and explains them with evidence-informed language.

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