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May 2014
Webinars      
There are lots of great webinars happening in May. Check them out!

May 6th at 2:00pm EST
join the
Linked by Life series webinar -
Wisconsin:  Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care. 
Learn how the WI has become a true MCH Lifecourse Agency. Don't miss the chance to learn how a state health agency steered their infrastructure to fully embrace life course theory to improve women's health.
 Click here to access the webinar.  For audio, dial 1-800-988-9658  then passcode #5218751.    
 
On May 8th at 1:00pm EST the CDC and OPA will present a webinar on the new Recommendations for Providing Quality Family Planning Services  
On May 21st at 12:00 pm EST join EWSE for a webinar on the latest innovations in  preconception health promotion, with a focus on the web-based "Gabby" preconception care program from Boston Medical Center.
Click here to access the webinar.  

Missed a webinar? 
No worries - click here to watch the archived sessions.
 
 
New Resource

 The CDC and the US Office of Population  Affairs have JUST released NEW Recommendations for Providing Quality Family Planning Services (QFP).

This defines the services that should be offered in a family planning visit, addresses the needs of both female and male clients, and describes  key contraceptive and preconception health services.   

 

These recommendations are VERY significant and were years in the making - a must read! 

Using a Reproductive Life Planning Tool? 

Delaware Health and Social Services would like to know what tools are being used around the country to help women and men make a reproductive life plan.  They have developed a very brief survey to learn more.  Please click here to participate. Results will be shared in a future newsletter. 

ACA News    

Over 8 million
Americans have signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace, with about 35% under the age of 35.  Click here to view the full Affordable Care Act by the Numbers Fact Sheet.
 
Check out this great
infographic on how  the ACA is addressing the unique health needs of women.
 
A North Carolina Policy Watch article highlights the many unexpected benefits  Americans are finding as a result of the ACA. 
Write for Our Blog!     
Our blog provides a platform for "grass tip" leaders across the region to share their successes, vision, and challenges.  Click here to review the submission guidelines and suggested topics.  

Celebrating New Mothers and Women Everywhere!     

 
 
May is a busy month. In early May we celebrate Mother's Day and the integral role that women play in birthing and nurturing the next generation.  One of the most special Mother's Days is often a woman's first. Pop culture seems to assume that once the baby is born, the hard part is over. In truth, the challenging part is just beginning. Postpartum maternal health influences a woman's lifetime risk of chronic disease, health in subsequent pregnancies, family functioning, and the well-being of children and other family members. Promoting breastfeeding, addressing postpartum depression, birth spacing, getting good medical care and setting realistic goals towards regaining a healthy weight are all ways in which maternal health can be improved post-pregnancy.
Below are some great resources for new moms.

May 11-17th is also National Women's Health Week
. This is a great opportunity to "re-up" your New Year's Resolutions by
pledging to be a "Well Woman" and encouraging your friends and family to do the same! The Office on Women's Health has many great resources to help you meet your goals.  
 
Womenshealth.gov - National Womens Health Week
Every Woman Southeast will join the Office of Women's Health for the National Women's Health Week social media campaign.  
 
Join Us by posting health messages through Twitter! Tweet us directly at @EveryWomanSE
and use the hashtag #NWHW or #WellWoman in your messages! 
 
We'd like to hear from you - what steps will you take to be a #WellWoman?
Resources for New Moms 
WomensHealth.gov describes ways in which new moms can recover after giving birth. Click here to review their recommendations on getting rest, understanding the physical changes after pregnancy, and ways to regain a healthy weight post-pregnancy. The National Women's Health Resource Center houses easy-to-read resources for new moms to help them achieve good post-baby health. 

The National Partnership for Women and Families advocates for healthcare and workplace policies that support women and their families.  Childbirth Connection, which has recently joined forces with the National Partnership, advocates to improve the quality of maternity care in the US and surveys postpartum mothers to hear about their experience - click here to read their Listening to Mothers reports.  The National Partnership and Childbirth Connection's Transforming Maternity Care initiative offers quality improvement tools and resources to support evidence-based, mother-centered maternity care. Learn more about this campaign in the video below.  
Join the Transformation - Maternity Care with a Heart 
Join the Transformation - Maternity Care with a Heart
KellyMom.com is an online resource that provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting, including links to local lactation support and resources about lactation after the loss of a baby.

The United States Breastfeeding Committee is a coalition of more than 50 organizations that work to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.  They have several resources available for health care providers, employers, women, and their families, including detailed information about the "Breaktime for Nursing Mothers" federal law that went into effect as of Mar 23, 2010. 
   
The UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health has created a booklet tailored specifically for postpartum women about family planning and birth spacing.  Birth Control After Baby is available in English and Spanish.
Updates from the Coalition 
Every Woman Southeast is on the move!

Interested in learning more about
how the EWSE pilot project with Delta Health Partners in Marks, MS worked with community providers who serve young men to share reproductive life planning and preconception health messages and tools? Click here to watch their presentation at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference.  
 
On April 2, 2014, Sarah and Erin presented information about the Coalition and our pilot projects at the at the USAID/HRSA meeting Throughout the Reproductive Life Course: Opportunities and Challenges for Empowering Girls and Women. Access our presentation on how we engaged new partners to promote reproductive life planning through our pilot project initiative. Click here to view the full agenda and other presentations from the meeting. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS to our partners at  PASOs for receiving the Patient Advocacy Award and being in the mentioned in Midlands Biz online magazine for their great work with their Patient Safety Program!     

Tell Us What YOU Think!  

What are innovative ways that healthcare providers can better support new moms and their needs?  We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful!  

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