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Nothing is more important than a healthy start in life. Whether you’re pregnant, a new parent, or still considering having a baby, HMHB has resources and information available to help.

Download brochures to learn more about key issues, learn more about our Programs, or visit our Advocacy page to learn how you can help advocate for the health of Hawaii's mothers and babies. You can also search our online Directory to get connected with hundreds of maternal and child health resources throughout Hawaii. 

Star Advertiser June 17, 2015: School board makes sex education mandatory

Date: 23-06-2015

Star Advertiser

June 17, 2015

School board makes sex education mandatory

Parents will be allowed to have their kids sit out the instruction under a new policy


By Nanea Kalani
Sexual health education will now be mandatory for Hawaii public school students, under a revised sex education policy approved Tuesday by the Board of Education that expands a long-standing abstinence-based policy to include lessons on contraception, disease prevention and skills to help students make "healthy decisions" about sexuality and relationships.

The revised policy requires that students receive sexual health education that is age-appropriate and medically accurate. It leaves it up to the Department of Education to vet curricula and adds a provision for parents to have their children not receive the instruction.

The old board policy, which was last updated in 1995, had said that the DOE "shall instruct students that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases."

Schools had been selecting from among seven approved sex education curricula to be taught in intermediate and high schools.

The revised policy requires schools to provide sexual health education that:

» Includes education on abstinence, contraception and methods of infection prevention to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

» Helps students develop relationships and communication skills to form healthy relationships.

» Helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and stress management to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships.

» Encourages students to communicate with their parents, guardians and/or other trusted adults about sexuality.

» Informs students of available community resources.

The former policy did not have an opt-out provision. However, the Department of Education last summer implemented its own policy to make sex ed optional and require parents to opt their children in to participate amid complaints about the controversial Pono Choices curriculum — a pilot sex education program for middle-schoolers that many parents found too graphic. The new policy would supercede the department's rules.

The updated BOE policy also includes a requirement that a description of whatever approved sex education curriculum a school selects be made available to parents and posted on the school's website before instruction can start.

The revision is part of a months­long effort by the BOE to update and revise dozens of its policies.

Work on the expanded sex education policy proved divisive, with some parents arguing that the changes will expose their children to unwanted and inappropriate lessons, and others arguing that abstinence-based programs are outdated and ineffective.

State Rep. Bob McDermott, a leader in the charge against Pono Choices and Hawaii's same-sex marriage law, testified that he favored keeping the abstinence-based policy, and criticized so-called "comprehensive sex education" because "it doesn't disclose the risks of anomalous behavior," citing, for example, the risks associated with anal and oral sex.

Lisa Kimura, executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, which provides support services for pregnant women, said many of the young moms she works with say they don't have access to contraception and lack the education to know how it can help them prevent pregnancy.

"I hear from women every single week who are having their second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth — and actually last week, seventh — child, many of them from situations where they have not received any type of education for their reproductive health," she testified in support of the policy.

Hawaii had the 10th-highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation in 2010, according to a 2014 report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, which specializes in reproductive health.

Thirty-six percent of Hawaii students in middle and high school say they're having sex, according to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's lower than the national rate of 47 percent that year. But the survey, which is conducted every two years, found that most of the Hawaii teens who have sex are engaging in unprotected sex.

Consolidated Theaters Keiki Film Hui radio promo

Date: 02-06-2015

HMHB Hawaii featured in Maui Family Magazine Summer 2015 issue

Date: 24-05-2015

A big mahalo to Maui Family Magazine for featuring our article about the importance of talking to your baby in the Summer 2015 issue. Babies whose parents talk, sing and read to them have larger vocabularies, and enter school ready to succeed. Need ideas to get started? Contact our MothersCare Line or visit our online directory here to find classes or a play group near you!

“Becoming a Parent” Series - Coming Soon!

Date: 06-07-2015

Are you a new parent or expecting your little one to make a grand appearance shortly?  If so: You're Invited! The "Becoming a Parent" 5-part Workshop Series starts July 16.   

Birth is a powerful event that ushers in one of the biggest transitions of your life. Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies and guest childbirth educator, Allison Mecham Evans, are excited to offer support for new and expectant parents to help welcome this exciting life change.

When:        Thurs., July 16 at 6pm, and every 3rd Thursday of the month
Time:          6:00 - 7:30pm.
Where:       Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, at the Waikiki
                   Community Center. 310 Paoakalani Ave., Suite 202A, Honolulu, HI
Cost:          A suggested donation of $15/couple is requested (sliding
                   fee scale).
Register:
   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lessons-of-birth-12-practices-principles-for-peaceful-birth-parenting-tickets-9431322339

Each workshop highlights practices and principles that will help you: 
      • Discover your inner guidance, so you can trust yourself.
      • Step into your power, so you can be confident.
      • Trust your baby, so you can both thrive.
      • Develop social supports, because mothering matters.

Workshop Topics:
      1) July 16: “Lessons of Birth: 12 Essential Practices & Principles for Peaceful
           Birth & Parenting”
      2) Aug 20: "The Five Keys to Postpartum Thriving"
      3) Sep 17: "You Are an Authority: Developing Your Intuition"
      4) Oct 15: "You Can Do Hard Things: Tapping Feminine Energy"
      5) Nov 19: "From Couple to Parents: Better Than Ever After Baby"

Please reserve your spot today by clicking here.  


About Allison Mecham Evans, M.A., life coach, childbirth educator, speaker and creator of the "Becoming a Mother" prenatal program:
Traditional prenatal education treats birth as a finish line instead of a bridge. A great birth doesn’t necessarily translate into a great beginning. Though many women are well-prepared for giving birth, they are often poorly prepared for new motherhood. I help mothers and mothers-to-be find ease and joy in motherhood. With this series, you’ll connect to your inner guidance, your own authority, your baby or child and to the social supports that are vital to your thriving. We can do better; we need to do better, to support mothers through their entire transition. The world needs mothers to step into their power so we can all benefit from their energy and creativity.

Consolidated Theaters Keiki Film Hui radio promo

Date: 02-06-2015

2015 Keiki Film Hui

Date: 02-06-2015

Through July 30, participating Consolidated Theatres will be showing family favorites every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. for just $1.00 as part of their Keiki Film Hui to benefit Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii!  The following is a list of the movies scheduled for viewing.


Contact Consolidated Theatres to get your seats! Participating theatres include  Kapolei, Koko Marina, Mililani, Pearlridge and Ward. There, you can also make donations that will directly support our work in the Islands. Thank you for giving!

Star Advertiser June 17, 2015: School board makes sex education mandatory

Star Advertiser

June 17, 2015

School board makes sex education mandatory

Parents will be allowed to have their kids sit out the instruction under a new policy


By Nanea Kalani
Sexual health education will now be mandatory for Hawaii public school students, under a revised sex education policy approved Tuesday by the Board of Education that expands a long-standing abstinence-based policy to include lessons on contraception, disease prevention and skills to help students make "healthy decisions" about sexuality and relationships.

The revised policy requires that students receive sexual health education that is age-appropriate and medically accurate. It leaves it up to the Department of Education to vet curricula and adds a provision for parents to have their children not receive the instruction.

The old board policy, which was last updated in 1995, had said that the DOE "shall instruct students that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases."

Schools had been selecting from among seven approved sex education curricula to be taught in intermediate and high schools.

The revised policy requires schools to provide sexual health education that:

» Includes education on abstinence, contraception and methods of infection prevention to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

» Helps students develop relationships and communication skills to form healthy relationships.

» Helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and stress management to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships.

» Encourages students to communicate with their parents, guardians and/or other trusted adults about sexuality.

» Informs students of available community resources.

The former policy did not have an opt-out provision. However, the Department of Education last summer implemented its own policy to make sex ed optional and require parents to opt their children in to participate amid complaints about the controversial Pono Choices curriculum — a pilot sex education program for middle-schoolers that many parents found too graphic. The new policy would supercede the department's rules.

The updated BOE policy also includes a requirement that a description of whatever approved sex education curriculum a school selects be made available to parents and posted on the school's website before instruction can start.

The revision is part of a months­long effort by the BOE to update and revise dozens of its policies.

Work on the expanded sex education policy proved divisive, with some parents arguing that the changes will expose their children to unwanted and inappropriate lessons, and others arguing that abstinence-based programs are outdated and ineffective.

State Rep. Bob McDermott, a leader in the charge against Pono Choices and Hawaii's same-sex marriage law, testified that he favored keeping the abstinence-based policy, and criticized so-called "comprehensive sex education" because "it doesn't disclose the risks of anomalous behavior," citing, for example, the risks associated with anal and oral sex.

Lisa Kimura, executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, which provides support services for pregnant women, said many of the young moms she works with say they don't have access to contraception and lack the education to know how it can help them prevent pregnancy.

"I hear from women every single week who are having their second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth — and actually last week, seventh — child, many of them from situations where they have not received any type of education for their reproductive health," she testified in support of the policy.

Hawaii had the 10th-highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation in 2010, according to a 2014 report by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, which specializes in reproductive health.

Thirty-six percent of Hawaii students in middle and high school say they're having sex, according to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's lower than the national rate of 47 percent that year. But the survey, which is conducted every two years, found that most of the Hawaii teens who have sex are engaging in unprotected sex.

Consolidated Theaters Keiki Film Hui radio promo

HMHB Hawaii featured in Maui Family Magazine Summer 2015 issue

A big mahalo to Maui Family Magazine for featuring our article about the importance of talking to your baby in the Summer 2015 issue. Babies whose parents talk, sing and read to them have larger vocabularies, and enter school ready to succeed. Need ideas to get started? Contact our MothersCare Line or visit our online directory here to find classes or a play group near you!