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  • MCC::News::City Wakes Up
    the press conference City Health Commissioner John Domzalski announced that 68 infants had died in the city while co sleeping in the past 18 months a figure far in excess of the number provided to me previously by his own department A Health Department spokesman said afterwards that had been a misstatement and that it included infant deaths that did not occur while co sleeping The actual number of fatalities that occurred during co sleeping in the past 18 months is 48 the spokesman said a figure which I ve reported previously Frankly if I were running this city I d be out of patience with the ongoing blunders of the Health Department and my confidence in Domzalski s leadership would be sorely shaken It was his staff with his acquiescence that refused to alert the public to the dangers of bed sharing even as alarmed officials at the city s Department of Human Services urged a public warning two years ago Health officials refused to take a stand for fear of angering supporters of co sleeping including militant breast feeding advocates who minimize its risks because it promotes nursing But the increasing number of deaths and the columns I ve written exposing the department s inaction forced city officials to confront the problem Co sleeping has to be regarded as a high risk practice Domzalski said yesterday when city officials finally faced the media and took a strong stand The deaths have increased this year he said primarily in the African American community despite the fact that the risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome have decreased Fewer mothers smoke cigarettes for instance one of the contributing factors in SIDS Domzalski s admonition was echoed by DHS Commissioner Cheryl Ransom Garner More and more healthy children are dying in

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/100604.html (2016-05-02)
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  • MCC::News::Naomi Post Joins Effort
    dozens of infants have smothered while sharing a bed with other people in the last 18 months while city officials kept mum After conversations with the commissioners of health and human services Post became convinced that the time was upon us to get serious with a public awareness message about this and felt compelled to offer her assistance to help get the message out said Frank Keel communications consultant for DHS Post who declined to be interviewed before the press conference will have an ongoing though as yet undefined role in the public awareness effort Keel said The campaign will include televised public service announcements newspaper ads posters to be put on display all over the city from stores to rec centers to hospitals an instructional video to be shown to new parents and outreach to individual families through community based organizations among other efforts It s a massive initiative that will be combined with a program operated by the Maternity Care Coalition that provides free cribs to needy families Today s announcement and Post s involvement represent a dramatic and commendable reversal for the city which until a month ago had remained silent while the tally of children who died while co sleeping mounted Since last April 48 babies in the city have died while sharing a bed with other people Eight of them died of overlaying literally when another person rolled over on them But the rest died of asphyxiation which is categorized as SIDS for unknown reasons An additional 22 babies died of SIDS during that time but not while co sleeping But Health Department officials continued to insist that co sleeping was safe if practiced correctly obviously swayed by avid supporters of co sleeping including militant breast feeding advocates who say the practice promotes nursing City

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/101204.html (2016-05-02)
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  • MCC::News::Score One For Babies
    baby to sleep is on his back in a crib So one local nonprofit agency is giving cribs away to families who can t afford them The Maternity Care Coalition has given out 375 cribs to its clients and also helped 50 readers who responded to the offer in my column for a free crib The agency best known for the MOMobile an outreach program that uses minivans to provide resources and education to pregnant women and new parents is hoping to raise 175 000 for a even bigger crib giveaway according to executive director JoAnne Fischer The agency learned this week that the W W Smith Charitable Trusts is providing a 10 000 challenge grant for cribs meaning it will match any donation for cribs up to 10 000 The crib giveaway is based on Allegheny County s hugely successful Cribs for Kids program which has distributed 2 700 cribs to low income families The number of victims of sudden infant death syndrome plummeted there after the program began in 1998 according to its founder Studies have shown and Philadelphia s statistics bear it out that more babies die while bed sharing than when in their own cribs Two thirds of the infants who died of SIDS here this year were sleeping with other people MCC s Fischer estimates up to 125 cribs a month will be needed for Philadelphia families to help prevent tragedies like the one that befell Gowander Lincoln Seventeen years ago Lincoln awoke and found her 2 month old son dead after he d slept in bed with her and her two older children The death sent her reeling It seemed like I lost my mind a little because I wasn t ever the same said Lincoln 39 Now her daughter is pregnant And when

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/news/101304.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Coalition Honors Philly Businesses>
    College of Physicians of Philadelphia The reception also marked the official launch of the Building a Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia campaign targeting employers and healthcare facilities to implement the federal provision for workplace breastfeeding support The Building a Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia campaign is part of the city wide obesity prevention Get Healthy Philly initiative sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The 2010 awards went to The Health Federation of Philadelphia Early Head Start Program The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Trolley Car Diner As President of the Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management SHRM Kelley Cornish said The awardees represent different resource levels and industries and prove that for minimal investment any employer can comply with the federal law for a breastfeeding workplace support program And in doing so reap economic and public relations benefits while keeping their employees healthy loyal and productive In the aggregate such initiatives have the potential to decrease national health care costs and contribute to a strong workforce now and in the future Deputy Mayor of Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner Don Schwarz who presented the awards said As a pediatrician and Philadelphia

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/CoalitionHonorsPhillyBusinesses.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <The Business Case for Breastfeeding>
    you can do it I always get that support from them It s OK you can go and pump This is not a place that will tell you No you can t do that They respect that Castro is a salaried office worker but experts say low wage workers such as cashiers and waitresses are less likely to have an employer that accommodates moms Under the new federal health law employers are now required to give hourly workers unpaid break time for lactation Thall Which is going to be hard because it s very hard to give a Septa bus driver that opportunity So it s going to take some creativity on the part of employers Letty Thall is public policy director at the Maternity Care Coalition Philadelphia is paying her group to help businesses become friendlier places for women who breastfeed The federal law says worksites have to provide a private space for mothers to express milk and Thall says asking women to perch in a ladies room stall doesn t cut it Thall The Department of Health would not approve if employers chose to have lunchrooms in the bathroom or bathrooms in the lunchroom and for the same reason breastfeeding needs to occur in a non bathroom situation Castro s desk is an open cubicle So early on when she needed to set up her breast pump the 26 year old sat among cardboard boxes in a vacant office But you need to relax to pump efficiently and Castro was always rushing and on alert for an interruption Castro I actually had a door opened on me before while I was pumping Um so it s not private Congreso spent 500 to create a separate space for nursing moms Congreso spent 500 to create a separate space for

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/TheBusinessCaseforBreastfeeding.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Breastfeeding Campaign Targets Workplaces>
    Donald F Schwarz Philadelphia Health Commissioner MCC launched the initiative during an event held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to present the 2010 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards Three local employers were honored for their policies on breastfeeding support at the workplace Schwarz presented the awards to Diane Spatz nursing professor researcher Children s Hospital of Philadelphia Ken Weinstein owner Trolley Car Diner Natalie Levkovich executive director Health Federation of Philadelphia Early Head Start Program and Deborah Gary child family advocate and doula It s very interesting that our awardees this year are breastfeeding friendly on both levels in terms of their customers and their staffs said MCC Executive Director JoAnne Fischer But it s really possible to be a breastfeeding employer when you are not working with families or serving the public During the event Sara Manzano Diaz director of the Women s Bureau of the U S Department of Labor touted the benefits of breastfeeding to children mothers and employers The implication for babies who are not breastfed is tremendous because it increases the risk of obesity ear infections respiratory infections leukemia and sudden death syndrome Manzano Diaz said On the business side Manzano Diaz said breastfeeding helps lower absenteeism turnover rates and healthcare costs She also gave a brief overview of Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that provides for workplace breastfeeding programs The regulation says employers should provide reasonable unpaid break time and a private non bathroom place for an employee to express milk for her nursing child for one year after the child s birth Employers with less than 50 employees are not subject to the requirements if it causes undue hardship I m happy that businesses are collaboratively becoming breastfeeding friendly This is such a win win situation for

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/BreastfeedingCampaignTargetsWorkplaces.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Recognizing Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia>
    for employers The winners were The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia The Trolley Car Diner and the Health Federation of Philadelphia s Early Head Start Program Businesses serving patrons were to offer a welcoming environment for breastfeeding mothers and a staff armed with knowledge of a woman s right to breastfeed in public that would help them handle complaints from other customers Employers were to provide time and space for employees to express milk a breastfeeding support program described in writing and flexibility to accommodate a breastfeeding and breast pumping mom All three of these businesses hit the mark The Maternity Care Coalition s Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia campaign targets employers and health care facilities and aims to support their implementation of the new health care reform provision for workplace breastfeeding support In case you haven t given it a read the provision requires that employers provide reasonable unpaid break time and a private non bathroom place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child s birth Employers with less than 50 employees are not subject to the requirement if it would cause undue hardship And if state laws provide better breastfeeding support than the federal law the state law preempts this new provision The Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia campaign is also part of a city wide obesity prevention initiative sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention As we were reminded not too long ago in my post about Rush Limbaugh breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity in children It also helps some women lose weight after giving birth If you interested in more information about becoming breastfeeding friendly check out these resources from the Maternity Care Coalition Breastfeeding Friendly Practices for employers and

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/RecognizingBreastfeeding-FriendlyBusinessesinPhiladelphia.html (2016-05-02)
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  • <Maternity Closures Impact Breastfeeding>
    and hard facts We do know that hospitals are where they get their information When the baby s delivered it s recommended that babies have skin to skin contact with mother Chung said Babies will naturally latch better If skin to skin contact occurs within the first hour the success is better with respect to how long mothers end up breastfeeding Chung said The success rate is even better for hospitals that employ lactation consultants An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding They help women with such concerns as latching difficulty painful nursing milk supply and pumping Chung pointed toward a study that shows a twofold increase in women breastfeeding at the time of hospital discharge when lactation consultants were utilized Among women receiving Medicaid the increase was 4 13 times greater that they were breastfeeding at the time of discharge The majority of hospitals all but Temple have lactation consultants Chung said That fact is troubling to Chung especially since Temple University Hospital is handling overflow from the defunct Northeastern unit in Port Richmond According to Rebecca Harmon spokeswoman for the Temple University Health System Temple addresses breastfeeding in prenatal offices childbirth classes and in the maternal infant division at Temple University Hospital We have invested considerable time in educational programs for the maternal infant nursing staff in order to prepare them to work with their patients who are interested in breastfeeding or who may be on the fence in their decision to breast feed Harmon wrote in an e mail to the Times Harmon also noted the Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center s two full time community outreach specialists and upcoming educational programs on women s health including breastfeeding While Dr Chung commends Temple for educating physicians and nurses she reiterated the success of lactation consultants and hopes that Temple will join the other hospitals The evidence speaks for itself especially for serving low income it seems like a disservice Chung said Even in the abstract there is clear evidence that to make a larger impact Temple should join the other hospitals Another big issue impacting breastfeeding rates is the offering of newborn formula diaper bags with the formula s logo upon hospital discharge according to Chung The Institute of Medicine a non profit organization chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences whose mission is to serve as an adviser to the nation to improve health questioned the practice as a possible conflict of interest in a recent report The report called for transparency in regard to associations between the medical world and industry Formula manufacturers have supplied hospitals with free formula and newborn starter packs for more than 40 years They also have sought to create brand loyalty at hospitals by supplying free formula for use in the hospital as well as support for fellowships and conferences according to an article in the American Journal of Public Health Chung is also

    Original URL path: http://www.momobile.org/MaternityClosuresImpactBreastfeeding.html (2016-05-02)
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