App Focused On Black Maternal Health Receives $200K Grant – News One

The maternal mortality crisis continues to disproportionately affect Black women. According to new research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for women over the age of 30, Black women are four to five times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth. Entrepreneur Kimberly Seals Allers is aiming to reverse this alarming… Read More

A plea from midwives: 'It's not rocket science; improve the pay and conditions and we'll come back to work' – Stuff.co.nz

For those who help bring new life into the world, stress is high and money low but they “do it for the love of it” – however, the reality for community-based midwives is that the love is beginning to wear thin. For Bridget Kerkin, words fail when it comes to describing the responsibility and emotional weight of being a midwife, a role… Read More

New stats reveal 80 per cent of Edinburgh mothers now breastfeed their newborns – Edinburgh News

New figures have revealed that eighty per cent of mothers in Edinburgh now start their babies’ lives by breastfeeding them. The number of new mums in the city choosing to breastfeed has been steadily rising for the last six years and the latest statistics show that eight out of ten newborns in the Lothians are… Read More

BIW installs lactation facilities for working mothers to keep up with changing laws – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

BATH – To adapt to Maine’s changing laws that protect working families, Bath Iron Works is installing two mobile pods designed to give nursing mothers a private, sanitary place to pump breast milk at work. To be in compliance with Maine state law, an employer must provide a clean, private space, other than a bathroom,… Read More

Michigan's home visiting programs bring support to new parents – Rapid Growth

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining integrated care and its potential to improve Michiganders’ health. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.   In times past, pregnant women and new mothers received abundant support from family and community, but today that tradition has faded. Western… Read More

Babies' gut bacteria affected by delivery method, study shows – University of Birmingham

Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria – their microbiome – than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown. Scientists from the University of Birmingham, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother, babies born via caesarean did not, and instead… Read More

How well is mental health in our state? New report said Utah ranks last in US – ABC 4

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Utah ranks last in the country when it comes to mental health, according to a new report released last month by the Kem C. Garden Policy Institute at the University of Utah. “The lifestyle and economic pressures here contribute to the epidemic. We have two-income families where the mom’s… Read More

For new moms, mood disorders are more common than you think – but here's how we can help – Model D

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining integrated care and its potential to improve Michiganders’ health. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.   Friends and family never would have suspected that Mel Trombley was suffering from a postpartum mood disorder.   Upbeat, laid-back, and successful,… Read More

One mom's journey to sobriety from the peak of 'mommy wine culture' – ABC News

Harmony Hobbs was, for a long time, a figure within “mommy wine culture” — a culture that encourages drinking alcohol to take the edge off of parenting and which has been reinforced by internet memes and products with mantras like “mommy fuel” or “I wine because my kids whine.” But in 2017, Hobbs, a mom… Read More