Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 8, 2014

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

Federal News

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Webinar, from HHS

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, January 30 at 3 p.m. ET for the "Questions and Answers on the ACA" webinar. Part of the HHS Partnership Center webinar series, HHS staff will answer questions that have been submitted in advance as well as new questions asked during the webinar. Submit questions by emailing ACA101@hhs.gov

Member News

Breastfeeding and ACA Issue Brief, from AMCHP

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Program's National Center for Health Reform Implementation has published a new issue brief entitled State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act. In particular, the brief examines state partnerships, financing of breastfeeding support and counseling services, promoting worksite accommodations, utilizing the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to improve referral and tracking, and leveraging other funding opportunities. It also highlights some of the best practices of state Title V MCH programs and their partners and offers strategies for states interested in developing similar efforts. 

USBC Member Organization Leaders Featured in Women's eNews

The profiles of Kimarie Bugg, founder and president of Reaching our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) and a USBC Board member, and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder and executive director of MomsRising, were featured as part of the Women's eNews "21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2014." The 21 leaders are recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of women and girls.

Response to AAP Partnership with Formula Manufacturer, from IBLCE

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners has issued a statement; this item is an addition to the list included in last week's issue of Staying Abreast: Weekly Wednesday Wire.

News from the Field

Women's & Children's Health Global Investment Framework

A new study report published in The Lancet, entitled "Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: a new global investment framework," demonstrates how investment in women's and children's health will secure high health, social, and economic returns. Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health and the University of Washington, the framework estimates that increasing health expenditure by just $5 per person per year up to 2035, in 74 high-burden countries, could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits. These returns include greater gross domestic product (GDP) growth through improved productivity, and prevention of the needless deaths of 147 million children, 32 million stillbirths, and 5 million women. These gains could be achieved by an additional investment of $30 billion per year, equivalent to a 2% increase above current spending. Read the press release.

State/Community News

Initiative to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries, from TN

One hundred percent of the hospitals that deliver babies in Tennessee have agreed that "a healthy baby is worth the wait," signing pledges to implement hard stop policies to reduce early elective deliveries. The Tennessee Department of Health has partnered with the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, and the March of Dimes to reduce early elective deliveries via the "Healthy Tennessee Babies are Worth the Wait" initiative. The campaign targets expectant and prospective parents, health care providers, and health care facilities to educate them about the benefits of waiting until at least 39 weeks for delivery. Read the press release.

News Clippings

MomsRising blog: "One of 2013's best kept secrets is breastfeeding

Women's eNews: "Dreaming of Paid Leave? It Could Come True"

PBS NewsHour: "How Paid Parental Leave Helps You, Your Newborn and the Job Market"

Hollywood Life: "Beyonce Reveals She Breastfed Blue Ivy In The Recording Studio"

The Washington Post: "Breast-feeding is on the rise, but in church it's still an issue"

The New York Times: "Social Media as a Megaphone to Pressure the Food Industry"

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