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Doula Retreat: Start a New, Rewarding Career

Date: 19-09-2014

Coming all the way from Texas, Anne Croudace of 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:

To contact: or 952-457-6506


  • Oct 10-11 Labor Doula Training

  • Oct 12 Postpartum Doula Training

  • Oct 13 Lactation Support and Educator Intensive

Attention: Puna Area Residents!

Date: 15-09-2014

Are you pregnant and delivering soon? If so, this is the class for you!

Christina Sorte, RN; Trillium Simington, Birth Doula; and the East Hawai'i Perinatal Consortia are proud to bring free childbirth and breastfeeding education courses to the Puna Community area. Their next series of three-week classes begins October 3rd and continues the following two Fridays. These classes will cover prenatal health and nutrition, the process of delivery, coping techniques and breastfeeding information. Each class will begin with prenatal exercise, so please bring a towel or yoga mat! A light snack will be provided for each session, as the class runs through dinner time, and you can't keep pregnant ladies hungry!

Christina and the Consortia are providing these classes free of charge to Puna residents, hoping to bridge the gap in perinatal health education for the area. They are not Lamaze or Bradley method classes but rather a gathering of various information put together to cover the different bases.

Christina says, "We look forward to this coming course and hope to see you there!"



Date: 25-07-2014
Posted on July 15, 2014 on

You’ve heard that it’s good for you. You’ve heard it’s good for baby. But what do you need to make the choice to breastfeed, and how can you fulfill your breastfeeding goals?

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii is here to help — for your health, and your baby’s health.

As we ramp up for National Breastfeeding Month in August, we’re raising awareness about the resources available to moms who are breastfeeding or considering it.

Lots of moms think they can do everything on their own. But reaching out for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.

Moms who are breastfeeding can benefit from finding a support network, connecting with people who understand and encourage the  choice to breastfeed, and can offer helpful advice if questions come up. Many moms find that breastfeeding comes naturally and they don’t run into any major problems. Others might be the first in their family to choose to breastfeed, or they might run into concerns that make it a challenge to continue.

Here are some good tips to keep in mind as you get started:

First things first: Don’t wait to ask for help! If you’re ever experiencing pain while breastfeeding, something needs to be fixed right away. A certified lactation consultant is your best ally, and can provide you with expert knowledge to get back on track.

Find local breastfeeding support through HMHB’s online resource directory or by calling the MothersCare Line at (888) 951-6661. If you’re a WIC recipient, as half of new mothers in Hawaii are, you can also access lactation support at your local WIC clinic.

Secondly, make sure your family and partner are on board with your decision to breastfeed. Arm yourself with the knowledge and confidence that breast milk helps baby grow healthier, preventing a variety of short and long-term health risks.

When people ask how long you intend to breastfeed, the simplest answer is that the global recommendation from the World Health Organization is nothing but breast milk (no water, food or formula) for the first six months, and continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or longer. If you and baby are content in your breastfeeding relationship, there is no expiration date. The composition of your milk continues to evolve based on your baby’s individual needs and the immune-boosting protection never stops.

Finally, have confidence in yourself and your body. Making milk is entirely a supply and demand process: the more baby eats, the more milk you make. Monitor baby’s steady weight gain and check for six or more wet and three to four dirty diapers per day to ensure baby is eating enough. And don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for being able to provide all the life-sustaining nutrition your baby needs to grow.

Remember: You can do it! Take it one day at a time. And if you have questions, help is always available.

phil&teds Recalls Infant Car Seat Adaptors for Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

Date: 06-06-2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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.

Happy Birthday, Cribs for Kids!

Date: 14-03-2014

Diapers and baby wipes?  Check. 
Breast pump and bottles?  Check. 
Pacifier?  Check. 
Cute little onesies?  Check. 
Car seat?  Check. 

With a car seat as the ticket to leave the hospital, baby is en route to a new home.  Will a safe place to sleep be awaiting baby’s arrival?  

March marks the first birthday of Hawaii Cribs for Kids – HMHB’s program that provides comprehensive safe sleep education through culturally-appropriate, family-based learning. High-risk, low-income pregnant women and their families who cannot otherwise afford to give their baby a safe place to sleep receive an educational class and free GRACO Pack N Play® travel crib to take home.


HMHB New Logo Makeover!

Date: 04-03-2014

Have you noticed anything new and different on our website? It’s been a long time coming, but HMHB is proud to unveil our brand new logo! With many thanks to Ad 2 Honolulu for selecting us as their beneficiary for the 2013-2014 public service campaign, they have also developed a print and TV ad campaign, new printed materials, as well as a social media marketing campaign.

Our new logo features a contemporary new look, full of the warmth and bonding that a healthy mother-baby bond represents.

Our continued thanks to Ad 2 Honolulu – and stay tuned for more to come!

Attention: East Hawaii Island Residents!

Date: 21-02-2014

Have you received care at Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua and/or Ka’u Hospital? If so, the East Hawaii Region of HHSC has launched the East Hawaii Patient Portal, a free and secure online service for patients to access their health records.

This latest development in their EMR system is intended to keep patients more informed about their healthcare. For more information and to register, visit:, fill out a form (an email address and a valid ID are required), and turn it in to the medical records department at any one of the three facilities.

Questions? Contact:
Elena Cabatu, Community Relations Manager
Hilo Medical Center - Hale Ho'ola Hamakua - Kau Hospital
(808) 932-3160

News from National

Date: 20-02-2014

An estimated 40% of pregnant women have some form of gum disease or tooth decay that, if left untreated, could have serious health consequences for both mother and baby. Make a difference during Children's Dental Health Month by sharing our new blog post with moms-to-be!  Oral Health & Pregnancy: Get the Facts is guest-authored by the Children's Dental Health Project and shares the latest science and recommendations.

Maternal-Infant Health News

Text4Baby is celebrating its fourth birthday with the announcement that Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Brandy is the new Text4Baby Celebrity Ambassador. Brandy is a strong supporter of moms getting the information they need that leads to better health for them and their babies, making her a perfect fit for Text4baby. In her role as Celebrity Ambassador, she will promote the service through new public service announcements, special videos for Text4baby moms and social media. Text4baby is a free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in collaboration with Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and founding partners Voxiva and The Wireless Foundation. For more information, visit the Text4Baby Web site, follow @myText4baby on Twitter and like Text4baby on Facebook.

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) will hold its 17th Annual Meeting using a virtual meeting format. Offered over four, independent sessions, the virtual meeting will cover current issues in birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention. Session 1 is titled Current Practices in Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, and is scheduled for February 26th from 2-5pm EST. Session 2, Methods and Practice of Birth Defects Surveillance is targeted for staff working in population-based birth defects surveillance) and is scheduled for March 26th from 2-5pm EDT. Session 3, Analytical Methods and New Opportunities Using Health Services Data will take place on April 23rd from 2-5pm EDT. And finally, Session 4 is titled Understanding Malformation Complexes: Embryology, Phenotype/Genotype, Clinical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis and is scheduled for May 21st 2-5pm EDT. Additional information about sessions, speakers, dates, and Continuing Education Credits for this event can be found on the NBDPN Web site. Admission to participate in the NBDPN Virtual Meeting is free, but registration is required. Email any questions to

Child, Adolescent, Family & Community Health News

Graco has announced a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all of the company's toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. The harness buckles can become progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Graco's product testing has identified food and dried liquids as the cause of this problem. Nearly four million car seats are involved in the recall, including Graco Comfort Sport Seats manufactured November 2010 through September 2013, and Smart Seats manufactured from 2009 through September 2013. All other affected models were manufactured from 2009 through July 2013. Graco offers a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. Consumers who have registered their car seat on will automatically receive a replacement harness buckle and do not need to take further action at this time. If you have not registered on the Graco Web site, or for more information about the recall, including a full list of affected seats, click here.

A recent report from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health chronicles the impact of 50 years of tobacco use in the United States. The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014 includes topics such as advances in knowledge of the health consequences of smoking from 1964-2014 including cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, reproductive outcomes, and other specific outcomes; smoking-attributable morbidity, mortality, and economic costs; patterns of tobacco use among children, adolescents, and adults; current status of and future directions in tobacco control; and a vision for ending tobacco-caused death and disease. A consumer booklet, fact sheets, video and podcast series, and partner resources are also available. Click here to review the report.

Advocates in Action

An upcoming webinar from the Department of Health and Human Services will answer questions about the Affordable Care Act. Questions and Answers on the Health Care Law is scheduled for February 20th at 1:00pm ET. To submit questions for this interactive webinar, send an email to by February 20th at 10am ET. Click here to register for the session.


Breastfeeding FAQs with Lactation Consultant Pat Bilyk, IBCLC

Date: 06-02-2014

Answer all your common breastfeeding questions and learn how you can establish a successful breastfeeding relationship from the start!

This SATURDAY, February 8, 2014

4PM at MOCHA JAVA CAFE at Ward Center

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Pat Bilyk will be available with expert advice and information.

Refreshments and giveaways included. 

Child, Adolescent, Family & Community Health News

Date: 31-10-2013

Abstracts are being accepted until December 6th for the 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions.  Partnering for Prevention from Sea to Summit, will take place in Seattle from May 21-23rd, 2014, and provides an opportunity for coalition leaders to learn from expert speakers and network with others involved with immunization and health coalitions from around the nation. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines, including coalition staff and members, community-based providers, healthcare providers, social workers, researchers, government agencies, health communication specialists, and others. Go to the Call for Abstracts to learn more.

A new resource from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) explains benefits and eligibility for maternal and child health (MCH) populations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Open enrollment for ACA health insurance plans began on October 1, 2013, with new plans beginning on January 1, 2014. State Title V MCH programs can play a role in educating women, children and their families about projected eligibility levels for various health insurance coverage options as well as eligibility for minimum health plan benefit levels. Who Will Be Covered for What in 2014? is a fact sheet designed to assist state MCH programs in these efforts, including an overview of federal benefit and coverage requirements under the ACA. Click here to review the resource.



Healthy and Hapai: Getting Ready For Baby

Date: 08-10-2013

By: Joanne Viloria (HMHB Program Coordinator)


On Saturday, the 28th of September, I represented Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii at a community fair for expecting families, Healthy and Hapai: Getting Ready For Baby.  The event was fun, informative, and hands-on… There were activities designed to be enjoyed by all (I know I did)!  These activities included making baby food, a breastfeeding demonstration, car seat safety, DIY cloth diapers and diaper bag décor, comfort measures and gentle massage, and the Hapa Kane.



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