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Birth-related Programs and Campaigns ~ Updated!  


Are you a birth professional with energy, time and passion? Want to be active and make a change? Aside from becoming active with your certifying organizations' committees, there are many ongoing pregnancy related programs and campaigns in the US.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services & CIMS International
Creators of the 10 Steps for a Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative in hospitals, birth centers and homebirth services.  Learn about the principles, become a ratifier, volunteer to help this amazing work spread.  NEW! Learn about the Global Mother Friendly Initiative and the plans for a Global Summit in Malaysia in 2008!

National Folic Acid Campaign
The CDC, the March of Dimes, and the National Council on Folic Acid have organized the National Folic Acid Campaign to promote the use of folic acid to prevent the serious birth defects spina bifida and anencephaly. Links to states with campaigns.

MOD Preventing Prematurity
One in eight babies will be born premature. That means this year, 470,000 infants are born prematurely. That's roughly comparable to the population of New Orleans or Cleveland. Their prematurity FAQ is a great resource and they also have included an informative press kit with pdfs of important handouts.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD is the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and birth defects.
FASD affects 1 in 100 live births or as many as 40,000 infants each year. An individual with fetal alcohol syndrome can incur a lifetime health cost of over $800,000. Statistics, fact sheets and a glossary of terms are available.

SIDS Back to Sleep Campaign
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors this campaign against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. An informative faq sheet also covers safe co-sleeping.

Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Stop Smoking During Pregnancy
With prenatal smoking, there is an increase in miscarriage and stillbirth, increase in ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, increase in placental problems, increase in premature rupture of the membranes, increase in chorioamnionitis (infection of amniotic sac), increase in pre-term delivery and an increase in low birthweight.

Breastfeeding - Best For Baby. Best For Mom.
The overall goal of the campaign is to increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies in the early postpartum period to 75% and those within 6 months postpartum to 50% by the year 2010 (Healthy People 2010 Initiative). Sponsored by The National Women's Health Information Center, a project of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The Campaign's goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 1996 and 2005. This nonprofit organization provides statistical data and press information.




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