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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

To donate to HMHB, please click here.

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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Doula Retreat: Start a New, Rewarding Career

Date: 19-09-2014

Coming all the way from Texas, Anne Croudace of MaternityWise.com is training new doulas on the North Shore of Oahu. In just a few days’ time, women can be well on their way to starting a new career as a doula. Attendees will learn the basics of both labor and postpartum doula support. A doula is an assistant who provides various forms of emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy, the childbirth process, and postpartum. Wherever and however a mother decides to birth her child, her doula will be there to see that the mother’s wishes are fulfilled and her birth experience is positive. When laboring mothers have a doula with them, they are four times less likely to have a low birth weight baby, two times less likely to have complications during labor, and they are more likely to initiate breastfeeding than mothers without a doula. Having trained and capable doulas in Hawaii is extremely important to improving the health of mothers and babies across the state. 

 

Registration is open until 9/30/14

To learn more and register: http://maternitywise.com/HAWAII-ComboTraining.html

To contact:  registrations@maternitywise.com or 952-457-6506

Dates

  • Oct 10-11 Labor Doula Training

  • Oct 12 Postpartum Doula Training

  • Oct 13 Lactation Support and Educator Intensive

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.

Ohana Broadcast Company’s Hawaii Matters Interview July 13, 2014

Did you know that close to half of births of the State of Hawaii are unplanned? Our Executive Director sat down to chat with Hawaii Matters Mandy Suganuma to discuss what we can do to ensure that Hawaii’s moms and babies are getting the care they need to have healthy, successful pregnancies and births! 

Living Hawaii: Babies — First the Good News

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Giving birth on the islands is relatively cheap, but the high cost of goods and services makes raising a child here an expensive proposition.


JULY 21, 2014·By ALIA WONG for Honolulu Civil Beat

Imagine this scenario: You live in New Jersey, have no health insurance, are pregnant and intend to have the baby. You know it is going to cost you big bucks in the most expensive state for childbirth. So, what do you do?

You could give birth at the local hospital and hope there are no expensive complications. But about one childbirth in three in the U.S. ends up being via expensive cesarean section. You could get a midwife, but in some cases they end up directing expectant mothers toward the surgery room anyway, meaning that you could end up paying for both the midwife and the surgery. In either event, you might — like some other people — end up spending months or years paying off the birth of your adorable baby.

Or you could, at least theoretically, engage in a little “birth tourism” by flying to Hawaii. (Theoretically, because you would have to find an airline that doesn’t prevent all extremely pregnant women from flying.)

It may seem counterintuitive, but an expectant couple from New Jersey could fly first-class to the islands, stay for four nights in an oceanfront room at the Halekulani, have the baby at Queen’s Medical Center and still spend a few thousand dollars less than a hospital in their home state would charge just to deliver the child.