Advocacy

An important document you’ve never read

I’d like to introduce you to the Innocenti Declaration. The full name of this document is the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, and it was jointly released by  the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1990. It

Advocacy, Global Midwifery

Ten Things about The Ten Steps

You are probably familiar with The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.  Here are ten things you might not have known about the Ten Steps. The ten steps were first published by WHO/UNICEF in 1989 in a document titled Protecting, promoting and supporting

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AWHONNs Go the Full 40 Campaign

I’ve seen bits and pieces of the Full 40 Campaign, but took the time to dig out all the materials after attending the AWHONN Conference last week. As usual, there are some things I like, and some I wonder about. What do

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Call For Abstracts

ACNM sent out the call for Abstracts for the 60th Annual Meeting yesterday. If you are a member you should have received the email. Full details can be found at the ACNM site. If not, look for updates at the ACNM website.

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An aspring Midwife to Watch

I had the extreme pleasure of landing on the Urban Village Midwife blog tonight. I was instantly connected to Sherry Payne — this is a woman whose midwife heart beats like mine. Research, disparities, increasing midwifery workforce…and she comes at it from

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Tools for Improving Birth

Have you seen the new website from the American College of Nurse-Midwives?  It is a virtual toolbox for promoting physiologic birth. Inside you can find sample policies and protocols,  quality improvement resources, position statements and more. All the things you need to

Advocacy

Advocating for Black Women’s Breastfeeding

The Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association provides an local resource for families in the Detroit, MI area, and a great model for meeting the needs of a community of mothers.  Check out this great advocacy video they placed on YouTube: Knocking Down Barriers: Reclaiming

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US Healthcare Financing Changes and Pregnant Women

For readers interested in the changing US Healthcare Financing and its effects on pregnant women:  two resources for you this week. First, the MACPAC (Federal group that reviews the state Medicaid and CHIP access) put out a report to congress in March.

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Advocacy

For those who think their calling may be more on the political activism side of the spectrum, I wanted to take a minute and give you some resources you might not have considered.  Most major organizations have advocacy priorities that are set

Advocacy

Social Causes for Cesarean?

One of the courses I am taking this semester is about determinants of health.  We look at things both within the individual, and within the environment, and how they interact to affect health. A very interesting topic, and very challenging to integrate