Maternal and Child Health Resources

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

Birthing Project USA
An International Organization & Resource Center for improving birth outcomes for women of color.
http://www.birthingprojectusa.org/
Birthing Project USA is a resource center that provides technical assistance and support to communities around the globe by replicating a community-based model of improving birth outcomes.  The simple model of recruiting, training and supervising community volunteer “Sister Friends” to help at-risk pregnant women identify and access health care and other critical resources transcends geographic and ethnic boundaries. The program model has been replicated in 100 communities in seven countries, resulting in over 12,000 births in its 23 years of existence. members of the health care delivery team by reducing the barriers that separate them from working together as a team.

Joint Commission Campaign Helps Support and Prepare Mothers to Successfully Breastfeed
August 1, 2011
http://bit.ly/n1PEuV
By: Elizabeth Eaken Zhani, Media Relations Manager
Pregnant women and new mothers need information and support so they can plan and be proactive if they choose to breastfeed their babies, according to The Joint Commission’s newest Speak Up™ educational campaign. The Joint Commission is launching this campaign during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of support for mothers and babies who are breastfeeding. The Joint Commission’s new campaign, “What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding,” covers topics such as preparing during pregnancy for breastfeeding, talking with nurses and doctors in the hospital about the desire to breastfeed, maintaining skin-to-skin contact with a newborn in the hospital, and planning for breastfeeding after leaving the hospital. The campaign brochure provides helpful tips and encourages mothers to rely on a support team of family members, friends, lactation consultants, nurses, and doctors to r! each their breastfeeding goals.

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