Infant mortality and child death rates improve in Tennessee
The bleak portrait of infant mortality and child and teen death rates in Tennessee may be brightening.
CHANGES IN THE GESTATIONAL AGE DISTRIBUTION AMONG U.S. SINGLETON BIRTHS:
IMPACT ON RATES OF LATE PRETERM BIRTH [view pdf]
A study looking at the trend in average length of pregnancies declining to 39 weeks from 40 weeks.
MARCH OF DIMES TENNESSEE CHAPTER PREMATURITY CAMPAIGN
The March of Dimes launched a national multiyear, multimillion-dollar Prematurity Campaign to raise awareness of the problem of prematurity and to reduce the rate of premature birth, including the costs of prematurity to the U.S.
SMOKING DURING PREGNANCY
March of Dimes’ website has in depth information for women and professionals
on smoking during pregnancy.
The Tennessee Department of Health compiled data on smoking prevalence in
Tennessee [view pdf]
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION
CDC is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public's health.
Centering is a model of group healthcare developed by the Centering Healthcare Institute, which incorporates three major components: assessment, education, and support. Group participants meet with their care provider and other participants on a regular schedule. These group meetings usually last for 90-120 minutes, much longer than an average prenatal check-up visit. There are several OB-GYN clinics in Nashville currently offering centering care.
OBESITY & PREGNANCY
Centers for Disease control publishes information and data on the effects of obesity on women and their babies.
The March of Dimes compiled information on obesity and pregnancy [view pdf].
Alignment Nashville has put together a resource guide for people working with pregnant and parenting teens, titled Healthy Nashville Healthy Future. The guide includes a pregnancy calendar and a comprehensive listing of resources for prenatal to postpartum and parent & infant services to aid teen parents.
TEXT 4 BABY
A free text based messaging service to promote maternal and child health by sending users timely text messages on your cell phone that reflect your due date or baby’s date of birth. Parents who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week.
Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
A three part series examining our state’s high infant mortality rates by the Tennessean.
COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS:
The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
GAPS IN INFANT MORTALITY RATES BY MOTHER’S EDUCATION
Data showing differences in infant mortality are seen between babies born to the most educated mothers and babies born to mothers with less education. States were rated in education disparities versus infant mortality rates. Tennessee ranks worst in the US. Presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
TENNESSEE INITIATIVE FOR PERINATAL QUALITY CARE
Improving health outcomes for mothers and infants in Tennessee by engaging key stakeholders in a perinatal quality collaborative that will identify opportunities to optimize birth outcomes and implement data-driven provider—and community-based performance improvement initiatives.