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Mother and baby breastfeedingInterrupting the Mother-Child Dyad is not the Answer to Infant Safety
Babies "rooming-in" with mothers after birth not only has the potential to improve health outcomes for moms and babies, but it is a critical strategy for closing equity gaps in breastfeeding and, in turn, equity gaps in maternal and infant health. Here, three experts offer advice on keeping moms and babies together safely so that both can benefit from this critical practice. 

FamilyA Call to Keep More Moms and Babies Safe
Preeclampsia can be deadly for both mothers and babies and has increased in recent decades. In this article, one mother shares her story and offers a plea for improvement, so that people like you—nurses, doctors, mothers, families, policy makers, and advocates—can unite around the need for change. 

Mother and infantBringing Breastfeeding Support to More Mothers and Caregivers
No mother should feel alone on her breastfeeding journey. And in an increasingly digital age, telelactation support is a powerful opportunity to increase breastfeeding rates among mothers who can't access classes. Lactation consultants and counselors can support moms through phone calls, video chats, text messages or in online communities. Find strategies to make telelactation successful here.

team buildingBuilding an Early Childhood Community Coalition
In Chelsea, Massachusetts, day cares, restaurants, libraries, and families—the whole Chelsea communityare mobilizing around a shared commitment to support early childhood health and development. Now, they're aligning messages, raising awareness, and collecting more robust and relevant data. Ready to build an early childhood coalition in your community? Find out how in this article.

New Project Alert
Ohio Infant Mortality Focused Home Visiting Curriculum

A new Ohio-based initiative seeks to develop an infant mortality-focused home visiting curriculum that addresses social determinants of health and can be used in home visiting programs across the state.

---Learn more about the project here

In Case You Missed It

  • Register for a webinar on pursuing health equity: NICHQ is hosting a webinar about the individual efforts we can take to pursue health equity together. Specifically, the webinar will provide an overview of health equity and implicit bias, a modeling exercise to help listeners recognize and address their own implicit bias, and additional resources and guidance. Register to reserve your seat
  • Learn about the recent legislation affecting children's health: In recent months, there have been a surge of legislative actions for children’s health advocates. Here, NICHQ provides an update on the legislation, as well as a brief analysis of the impact on children’s health.
  • We're hiring: We’re looking for innovative individuals passionate about helping all children reach their optimal health outcomes. Check out our careers page for positions in project management, development, and data analysis. 

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