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    Pregnant women should not eat swordfish, shark, king mackerel or tile fish, because they contain risky levels of mercury that could harm the developing fetus.

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    There is NO SAFE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL you can drink while you are pregnant. Even one drink could harm your baby.

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    Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight.

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We are a local nonprofit agency that is part of a national network of organizations and individuals committed to improving Hawai‘i’s maternal, child and family health through collaborative efforts in public education, advocacy and partner development. Before, during and after pregnancy, we are here every step of the way.

Healthy Start

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. 

Hawai‘i Working Families Push President to Address Paid Leave in State of the Union

Date: 21-01-2015

A big mahalo to MauiNow.com for the write-up on our organization's involvment to address paid sick days and paid family leave policies for working families in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s Paid Family Leave coalition will hold an advocacy and educational event at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the importance of family-friendly workplace policies to the local workforce. Click below to view the article.

Thank You, Ad 2 Honolulu!

Date: 21-04-2014

Thanks to the generosity of the talented marketing and advertising minds at Ad 2 Honolulu, HMHB is now launching its new public service campaign: "There's no substitute for mother's milk."

You'll soon be seeing print ads and a new TV spot, as well as hearing radio ads throughout Hawaii. Viewers are encouraged to visit HMHB "for all things baby." Keep us in mind before, during and after pregnancy and keep an eye out for the campaign!
 

HMHB is now a Gold Level participant

Date: 14-04-2014

We are proud to announce that HMHB has just earned the Gold level through the GuideStar Exchange, as a testament to our organization’s commitment to data transparency. By providing a comprehensive summary of our financial information, audited reports, personnel and programs, as well as measurements of our goals and impact, we are grateful to receive this honor.

Visit our report and read all about it here

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The Importance of Infant Bonding

Date: 26-03-2015

From the moment you receive a positive pregnancy test, it begins. The worries about your baby; the wonder about their future; and the questions about what kind of parent you will be. All of this is very normal, and even the most seasoned parents experience a barrage of emotions and questions with each pregnancy.

These feelings also help begin the natural process of bonding with the new life growing inside you. While each parent experiences pregnancy uniquely, it’s important to begin the bonding process, long before holding your new baby in your arms.

The brain is wired to seek safety, and it’s important to establish your baby’s sense of security. That begins with feeling confident and secure in your own environment. Although pregnancy and new parenthood can feel very overwhelming at times--hormones, sleep deprivation, emotional and financial stress can each take a toll--remember that you’re never alone. Find a trusted friend who can offer a listening ear – more people have experienced the same feelings than you might think. Ask for help around the house or for a break to recharge yourself with a nap. Make an effort to meet up with friends or set a “playdate.” Rest and social interaction help provide the energy you need to care for baby, and helps you bond naturally.

Once baby arrives, babywearing and skin-to-skin contact not only promotes successful breastfeeding, it also helps build baby’s sense of safety and security, as does baby massage, and talking to your baby. Invest in a comfortable, quality baby carrier, and settle in together. Forget the myths: it’s impossible to spoil an infant, so never hesitate to comfort and respond to their needs.

Research shows that infants begin recognizing their parents' facial expressions by three or four months of age. Receiving a big grin from your adoring baby is the most rewarding response to all your effort, and is merely the beginning of a lifelong bond.

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RECALL ALERT: IKEA CRIB MATTRESSES

Date: 21-01-2015

RECALL ALERT: IKEA CRIB MATTRESSES

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of IKEA VYSSA style crib mattresses. The crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations, posing an entrapment hazard to infants. The recall includes mattresses with the following five model names: VACKERT, VINKA, SPELEVINK, SLÖA and SLUMMER, which were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/IKEA-Recalls-Crib-Mattresses/

News from National

Date: 21-01-2015

Maternal-Infant Health News

REPORT: HORMONAL PHYSIOLOGY OF CHILDBEARING

A new report has found that unnecessary medical interventions in labor and delivery may be putting mothers and babies at risk. Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care was released by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families. It finds that a large body of evidence demonstrates that the hormonal physiology of childbearing has significant benefits for the health of mothers and babies and can optimize breastfeeding and maternal-infant attachment. The report concludes that the country's maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns. Click here to review the report.

WEBINAR: PREGNANT WORKER EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS

The Department of Labor Women's Bureau will host Know your Rights: Employment Protections for Pregnant Workers on January 27th from 2:00-3:15pm ET. The webinar is the second in a series that explores key policies and programs for working women. This installment showcases the Women's Bureau's work on educating workers about pregnancy protections provided under the law and also highlights recent developments at the state level. To participate in the webinar, click here to register.

RECALL OF IKEA CRIB MATTRESSES

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of IKEA VYSSA style crib mattresses. The crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations, posing an entrapment hazard to infants. The recall includes mattresses with the following five model names: VACKERT, VINKA, SPELEVINK, SLÖA and SLUMMER, which were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier. They were sold in IKEA stores nationwide and online from August 2010 to May 2014 for about $100. There have been two reports of infants become entrapped between the mattress and an end of the crib. The children were removed from the gap without injury. Consumers should contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime or online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the recall link at the top of the page for more information. Check out the CPSC website for more information.

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IHS partners with HMHB Hawaii KITV-4 News 7/02/14

HMHB Hawaii Executive Director Lisa Kimura spoke to IHS employees regarding the rights of breastfeeding in the workplace.This all came after an IHS client was denied her right to breastfeed her child if she did not have a cover. The federal government and the state of Hawaii have laws to protect your right to nurse in any public or private location of your choice, with or without a cover.

IHS Breastfeeding Battle KGMB News 7/02/14

HMHB partnered with IHS Hawaii in conducting a seminar with their employees on how to communicate and understand what the needs of breastfeeding mothers are.The federal government and the state of Hawaii have laws to protect your right to nurse in any public or private location of your choice.

Hawai‘i Working Families Push President to Address Paid Leave in State of the Union

A big mahalo to MauiNow.com for the write-up on our organization's involvment to address paid sick days and paid family leave policies for working families in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s Paid Family Leave coalition will hold an advocacy and educational event at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the importance of family-friendly workplace policies to the local workforce. Click below to view the article.