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HMHB Hawaii featured on national CDC website

We are so honored to be featured on the national CDC website, describing our recent safe sleep efforts in Hawaii. Our goal is to reduce sleep-related deaths by letting parents know how to reduce risks and how to help babies sleep safely. 

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Hawaii Public Radio: Helping Hand KHPR.FM interview

HMHB Executive Director Lisa Kimura had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio about our organization: HMHB's mission, services, and future needs.

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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 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

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.


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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.

Thank You, Ad 2 Honolulu!

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 visits Clear Channel Radio to discuss important issues facing moms and babies (4/11/14)

~ 93.9 FM JAMZ ~

MJ & Da Geek of 93.9 JAMZ

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~At ISLAND 98.5FM~

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Hanging out with the Wake Up Crew at the 98.5FM Radio Station!

Joy in Our Town Hawaii: The Importance of Breastfeeding & Keeping Babies Safe 3/19/14

Our executive director had the opportunity to speak with Laureen Tanaka of Joy in Our Town Hawaii KAAH-TV 26 about common questions regarding critical maternal and child health issues, including breastfeeding, SIDS prevention, the need for Paid Family Leave, and getting healthy during pregnancy. Viewers were encouraged to visit our website, call our MothersCare line, or sign up for text4baby to stay informed and connected.

The Dangers of Leaving Sleeping Infants in Car Seats KGMB 9 News 2/26/14

There are about 20 to 25 cases of sleep-related deaths in Hawaii every year. Hawaii News Now featured the potential risks involved with car seats and what parents can do to prevent this from happening to their child.

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