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  • <Bruce Flannery, 54, activist on AIDS & Other Issues>
    was associated with and ran numerous organizations devoted to helping people in need died Friday of complications of open heart surgery He was 54 and lived in Exton Most recently Bruce was director of fund development and marketing for the Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia Bruce made significant contributions with his work on many proposals said Bette Begleiter deputy executive director of the coalition These included several federal grants and our successful application to become the Early Head Start grantee in South Philadelphia We will miss Bruce s humor passion for politics and people and his commitment to MCC Bruce grew up on Long Island New York where he enjoyed sailing on the Long Island Sound He graduated in 1977 from Columbia University with a degree in political philosophy Bruce is probably best known for his work with HIV AIDS issues He was a founding member and president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of AIDS Service Organizations He worked hard to convince legislators and policymakers to direct more than 20 million of state funding toward better medical care of HIV AIDS patients He succeeded in expanding more than tenfold the number of medications made available through the state Department of Public Welfare to those who couldn t afford lifesaving drugs Through his tireless lobbying Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to add new therapies to its list of medications offered to HIV AIDS patients Governors sought his expertise in the health field Gov Tom Ridge named him to the Inter Governmental Council on Long Term Care and Gov Rendell appointed him to the Department of Health Transition Team He also was named to the state s HIV Planning Council which he served as co chairman for six years Bruce was a technical adviser on the 1993 film Philadelphia directed

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  • <Perceiving Pregnancy in Climate of Fear>
    s Mom Make a Difference New Century Trust Willing Hands Award Fewer Babies US AIDS Policy The Daily Pennsylvanian April 7th 2009 Perceiving Pregnancy in Climate of Fear Matt Grady Maternity Care Coalition representative Karen Pollack speaks about postpartum depression and its impact on mother and child For the 800 000 women in Philadelphia 85 percent of whom will give birth in their lifetime the choices are limited There are only six places to give birth within in the city limits remarked Ruth Wilf a local childbirth activist and speaker at a lecture held last night at Civic House During the event Wilf and two other experts addressed reproductive health as part of an ongoing series of activities that tie in with National Public Health Week which runs through April 12 Wilf s presentation entitled A History of Birth concerned the changing character of American childbirth practices over the last 60 years Wilf demonstrated Philadelphia s development as a center of change for maternity care by presenting an outdated instructional film produced by the American Medical Association She then explained how the region encouraged the development of new practices in the 60 s and 70 s largely through the efforts of the now defunct Booth Maternity Center which she helped found in 1971 As a midwife Wilf is a proponent of natural childbirth involving a family oriented approach towards birth and postpartum care Wilf laments that many of the developments made in the 70 s and 80 s have been abandoned in what she labeled as a climate of fear Observing that health care has become increasingly corporatized since then she said pregnancy is now perceived as an illness Furthermore she said she feels that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has not been behaving responsibly in response to

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  • <Camden Historian Researches Babies Across the Decades>
    history of babies in America concentrating on the time period from the 1890s through the late 20th century Baby books have become one of her main sources of information The biggest collection is at UCLA which has 800 to 900 baby books many of them from middle and working class families UCLA s collection is continually growing Golden said because the university buys them on E bay Reading the books which date back to the late 1800s Golden can spot trends and traditions and take note of once popular fads that have disappeared I was surprised to see how throughout the 20th century parents have been extremely focused on the costs of childrearing and on saving for education Golden said I always cringe when I read baby books from the 1920s and see that parents have opened bank accounts for their babies because I know they ll be wiped out in the Great Depression One of the disappearing fads Early toilet training They used to try to do it as early as 6 weeks if you can imagine that Golden said Golden is the author or editor of several books including Message in a Bottle The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Harvard University Press and A Social History of Wet Nursing From Breast to Bottle Cambridge University Press Among her edited or co edited books are Children and Youth in Sickness and in Health with Richard Meckel and Heather Munro Presscott and Mothers and Motherhood Readings in American History with Rima D Apple My expertise is in history of medicine and American social history and women s history and I ve always written about children in my research Golden said This topic the history of babies was suggested by a colleague and it seemed like a perfect fit Research on her books has been supported by the National Institutes of Health the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Commonwealth Fund One of my goals as a historian is to engage in research that has an impact on public policy Golden said Besides reading baby books Golden is also looking at the way babies are portrayed in popular culture throughout the past century One of the constants the movie theme of Gee isn t it funny when men have to take care of babies Golden said You see it in early Edison films there s one called Oh You Suffragette to modern era ones like Three Men and a Baby Babies also have been a constant and popular marketing tool They ve been used to market all sorts of items including war bonds in WWII and even cigarettes In the 40s and 50s the tobacco companies were quite shameless about using babies to pitch the joys of smoking Golden said And then there are all those products marketed for parents It s amazing even back at turn of 20th century how many manufacturers were pushing products on parents for their infants Golden said They weren t the technological gadgets we

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  • <Mother knows best>
    Women Advances The Problems with Shackling Giving Birth in PA Prisons Maternal Mortality Across the World Bruce Flannery 54 Activist on AIDS Other Issues Perceiving Pregnancy in a Climate of Fear Camden Historian Researches Babies Across the Decades Mother Knows Best A Chance to Do Good and Save Philadelphia Money Workers Need Paid Sick Days New Policy Outlaws Shackling of Women Prisoners During Birth Remembering Tina Bela Benefit for Mom and Wife Blues Hearings A Chance to Weigh In On a Complex Merger Cure for Recidivism Will Smith s Mom Make a Difference New Century Trust Willing Hands Award Fewer Babies US AIDS Policy Philadelphia Inquirer March 18 2009 Mother Knows Best Social Circuit The Mad Hatter White Rabbit and other characters from Alice in Wonderland entertained families at the Maternity Care Coalition s Children s Tea Party held March 7 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown After the tea party the group held its annual Celebrating Mothers campaign preview Flowers Tea and MCC for nearly 300 at the hotel The event was hosted by Diane Croce and Carolyn Smith mother of actor Will Smith The two events raised a total of 76 000 for the nonprofit photos below by Kevin

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  • <A chance to do good>
    s county prison for women Riverside Correctional Facility Right now 36 of these women are pregnant Last month five female prisoners gave birth in Philadelphia area hospitals Because incarcerated women are not eligible for government supported insurance such as Medicaid the city of Philadelphia pays for every birth and all prenatal care In addition to hospital charges there are expenses for guards transportation and overtime A pregnant woman imprisoned for a low level nonviolent crime who can t afford bail of around 300 can easily cost the city tens of thousands of dollars That includes the costs of prenatal and hospital care for a birth without complications as well as the costs of guards and transportation All of that is on top of the annual cost of housing a prisoner now above 30 000 With more than 30 pregnant women housed at Riverside the potential health care and related costs are staggering What is gained by incarcerating pregnant women for nonviolent offenses The city its taxpayers incarcerated mothers and ultimately their children and families are paying for it The Working Group to Enhance Services for Incarcerated Women a project of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is a coalition of providers who offer information and services to women incarcerated in Philadelphia prisons We know that keeping pregnant women incarcerated throughout their pregnancies and in the months after giving birth is detrimental to the women and their children In the past when there were fewer women in the prison population pregnant women were routinely furloughed temporarily released from custody to give birth and make arrangements for their newborn children During this time a woman could use Medicaid or her own insurance Reviving such furloughs for low risk incarcerated pregnant women would save the city money and offer a more humane and cost effective

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  • <Paid sick days>
    Chance to Do Good and Save Philadelphia Money Workers Need Paid Sick Days New Policy Outlaws Shackling of Women Prisoners During Birth Remembering Tina Bela Benefit for Mom and Wife Blues Hearings A Chance to Weigh In On a Complex Merger Cure for Recidivism Will Smith s Mom Make a Difference New Century Trust Willing Hands Award Fewer Babies US AIDS Policy Labor Justice Radio December 02 2008 Workers Need

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  • <Shackling at Riverside>
    for Recidivism Will Smith s Mom Make a Difference New Century Trust Willing Hands Award Fewer Babies US AIDS Policy KYW News Radio November 15 2008 New Policy Outlaws Shackling of Women Prisoners During Birth Kim Glovas KYW Reporter First clip The Federal government recently introduced a new policy which outlaws the shackling of female prisoners giving birth It turns out Philadelphia implemented a similar pilot policy in June KYW s Kim Glovas has more The Maternity Care Coalition is the agency which pressed the Philadelphia prison system to look at this draconian policy of shackling women prisoners during birth Deputy director Bette Beglieter says the coalition worked with the prison system to make the change Now we have rules that say once a woman is in active labor there are no restraints on her and in fact after she has the baby we re able to keep them off for a short time so she can bond with the baby so she can breastfeed so we are very happy about this change In addition the coalition is providing doulas women who assist the inmate mothers after birth The coalition also follows the mothers back into the community upon their release from prison and help them in the nurturing and caring of their infants Second clip In early October the federal government finally removed a policy which called for pregnant female inmates to be shackled while in labor But The Philadelphia prison system had them beat The local system lifted the shackling policy in June KYW s Kim Glovas has more No one can recall when that shackling policy began but officials for the prison system and advocates for inmates say it seems like forever But that s changed according to Bette Beglieter deputy director of the Maternity Care Council

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  • <Tina Bela>
    little girl anymore she was still her mother s Annie Girl When it snowed Tina would wake her other daughter Jen up early so they could drink coffee and watch the snow fall onto the street outside their Tilton Street home Last month Tina Bela went to sleep and never awoke passing away at the age of 44 and leaving her husband Bob and daughters Anne and Jen without their wife and mother and missing her terribly Friends family and co workers have banded together in the wake of Tina s sudden death to organize a benefit and raise funds for Tina s daughters Because the one thing Tina Bela wanted for her Jen and Annie Girl was for her girls to attend college something she never did but wanted that opportunity and chance for her girls Tina was born and raised in Philadelphia with four brothers in Kensington later moving to Port Richmond She attended Visitation St Boniface and Mastbaum High School Tina worked for Maternity Care Coalition and Mom Mobile traveling to the poverty stricken areas of the city by bus with a crib on her shoulder to take to low income mothers who needed a helping hand And Tina gave everyone she met a helping hand Tina didn t have a lot but she gave everything she could almost to a fault If she ever had a motto it would have to have been to live laugh love She lived life to the fullest she loved everyone and everyone who met her instantly loved her and she loved to laugh an infectious laughter that could brighten your day When she passed away in early September her funeral was attended by people who reminisced about her always being the life of the party baking the best pumpkin bread

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