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Impacting SIDS Rates: New program to help baby sleep safely

Healthy Generations: Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies with Lisa Kimura 10/08/15


“Healthy Babies Rock” to benefit mothers and babies in Hawaii 8/7/15

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual! That’s why Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii hosted 'Healthy Babies Rock'- to benefit mothers and babies in Hawaii. Watch this clip of our executive director, Lisa, as she chatted with Wake Up 2day on KHON2 News about our 'Becoming A Mother' workshop series, as well as our fundraiser 'Healthy Babies Rock' that took place on Friday August 7, 2015 at the Still Moving Center.

HMHB KITV Morning News 08/03/15

Our executive director Lisa chatted with KITV4 morning news about the benefits of Text4Baby and the new MyText4Baby app, our 'Becoming A Mother' workshop series, as well as our fundraiser 'Healthy Babies Rock' that we will be hosting Friday August 7, 2015 at the Still Moving Center.

HMHB KITV 6pm News 8/03/15

KITV4 news features the benefits of Text4Baby and the new MyText4Baby app, our 'Becoming A Mother' workshop series, as well as our fundraiser 'Healthy Babies Rock' that we will be hosting Friday August 7, 2015 at the Still Moving Center.

Breastfeeding is baby’s perfect birthday present

Happy World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. Want to know the best gift you can give in honor of the occasion? It’s easy, free and provides the best possible start in life: offer support and encouragement for breastfeeding moms.

In addition to fewer illnesses and healthier immune systems (and savings of thousands of dollars per year), did you know exclusively breastfed babies have a higher chance of surviving their first year and a much lower risk of sleep-related death?

Breastfeeding isn’t simply a “lifestyle choice” — the decision to breastfeed your baby can literally mean the difference between life and death. No one should be made to feel badly about their choices, but everyone — and every baby — deserves the right to live the fullest and healthiest possible life.

What type of information helps families to be successful? Consider the following:

FACT: Breastmilk is designed exclusively for your baby’s individual needs and nothing else on Earth can possibly replicate it.

The composition evolves as your baby grows, providing nature’s most perfect food, at the ideal time for your child’s development. It’s packed with disease-fighting substances that prevent everything from chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity, to common colds and ear infections.

FACT: Breastfeeding doesn’t have an expiration date.

The World Health Organization recommends nothing but breastmilk the first six months of life, and continuing to nurse for at least two years or more, as long as mom and baby are both enjoying it. Breastmilk continues to provide health and immune benefits, and the nutrition baby needs, for as long as you nurse. In fact, the average age worldwide to wean is four years old — much longer than the U.S.

FACT: Making milk is a “supply and demand” process and moms tend to worry about their milk supply more than they need.

Don’t watch the clock; simply feed baby as often as they indicate signs of hunger. Fussiness and frequent feedings are not a sign of a low milk supply, so resist the urge to think or suggest that baby isn’t satisfied. Simply offer the breast again and try other comfort measures like rocking or swaddling. You cannot overfeed a breastfed infant, and you will make as much milk as baby demands — trust the process, and monitor baby’s weight gain. Nature won’t let you down!

FACT: Women with a support network and access to qualified lactation support are far more likely to have an enjoyable, rewarding breastfeeding experience.

Some women are the first in their families to breastfeed exclusively, and all moms deserve loving support. Encourage her commitment and provide help in other ways, such as bringing her a meal or lending a supportive ear. Moms (and babies) deserve it!

Breastfeeding may not be easy and it may not come naturally at first. But as a mother, her partner, or a member of her family and support network, encourage her to seek help early and as often as she needs it. Seek out a certified lactation consultant for help, or contact the MothersCare Line at (808) 951-6660 for information or resources. Support is available and your baby will thank you for it! Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Please click here to view the original article featured on The Garden Island.

Pacific Business News Blog (7/20/15) - Hawaii’s Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies changes funding focus

By Lorin Eleni Gill, Reporter, Pacific Business News

When Lisa Kimura first took over as executive director of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii approximately two years ago, the nonprofit relied completely on grants for its operations.

While grants are valuable for any nonprofit’s mission, they also often come with restricted funds, making things as simple as paying an electric bill a constant anxiety, she said. “We realized that we needed to diversify funding because being 100 percent grant-focused is restrictive,” she said. “You can’t depend on things for the long term if you’re only focused year by year on grants.”

After a two-decade-long presence in Hawaii, the organization is shifting gears to find innovative ways to raise money. “It took a real shift in thinking by the board and the organization itself, and without a dedicated fund development manager in place it was basically between me and the board to develop and implement strategies," she said.

Hearing for Paid Family Leave (HB 496)

HMHB Pushes to “Lead on Leave” with Paid Family Leave - KITV4 News 7/9/15

At a Roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on why the U.S. needs to "Lead on Leave" and establish a paid family leave program, HMHB discussed the specific needs within the state of Hawaii.

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

By Nanea Kalani, Reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.


Consolidated Theaters Keiki Film Hui radio promo

Through July 30, 2015, 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! 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!

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!

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