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Date: 21-01-2015

Maternal-Infant Health News


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.


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.


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 and click on the recall link at the top of the page for more information. Check out the CPSC website for more information.

Child, Adolescent, Family & Community Health News


A new resource provides simple tips on oral health issues for parents of infants and young children. The Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles series was created by the National Center on Health in the Head Start program of the Office of the Administration for Children and Families, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). The series includes titles such as Brushing Your Child's Teeth, Helping Your Baby with Teething Pain, Visiting the Dental Clinic with Your Child and more. The handouts are available in English and Spanish and electronic and print formats. Electronic copies of the handouts are available on the ECLKC website. Free printed copies of the handouts can be ordered from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.


A study published online January 12 in the journal Pediatrics analyzes whether autism can be identified in a 10-minute behavioral observation. In Identifying Autism in a Brief Observation participants aged 15 to 33 months included typically developing controls and children who screened positive during universal autism screening within a large community pediatric practice. Diagnostic evaluations were performed after screening to determine group status (autism, language delay, or typical). Licensed psychologists with toddler and autism expertise, unaware of diagnostic status, analyzed two 10-minute video samples of participants' autism evaluations, measuring 5 behaviors: Responding, Initiating, Vocalizing, Play, and Response to Name. Raters were asked for autism referral impressions based solely on individual 10-minute observations. They found that children who had autism showed more typical behavior (89% of the time) than atypical behavior (11%) overall. Expert raters missed 39% of cases in the autism group as needing autism referrals based on brief but highly focused observations. The study authors conclude that brief clinical observations may not provide enough information about atypical behaviors to reliably detect autism risk. Click here to review the study online.