California Community Foundation Funds a Grant for Hospital Improvements and Nursing Education

19 Feb

The California Community Foundation has awarded a grant to the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health of Los Angeles for hospital improvements and nursing education. The Association is taking advantage of this opportunity and has developed a program to educate maternity care nurses in Mother-Baby Friendly Care.

Mother-Baby Friendly Care is evidence-based, high quality maternity care which can improve health outcomes for mothers and babies, reduce costs of maternity care, and help achieve public health objectives for maternal and infant health. Mother-Baby Friendly Care combines the “Ten Steps of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative for Mother-Friendly Hospitals, Birth Centers and Home Birth Services and the “Ten Steps of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) developed by the WHO and UNICEF to promote a breastfeeding supportive hospital environment.

“Heart and Hands The Art and Science of Mother-Baby Friendly Nursing, A Proposal for High Quality Maternity Care,” a training for hospital labor and delivery nurses and nurse-managers will be offered in Los Angeles May 22, 23, 24, 2012. To learn about the health benefits and potential health care cost reductions of Mother-Baby Friendly Nursing, maternity care nurses, nurse managers, and hospital administrators are invited to attend a free Introduction and Information Session to Mother-Baby Friendly Nursing on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 2:00pm-5:00 pm at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, Sierra 2 Room, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012. The Information session will be simultaneously offered as a webinar and will be available for future viewing on the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services website.

The training is co-sponsored by The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health in collaboration with the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, and Educate. Simplify. Creative Resolve Healthcare Training Company.

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) will be recognized at the event with the Champion for the Mother-Baby Friendly Maternity Care Award for her legislative initiative, the MOMS for the 21st Century Act (HR 2141, 112th Congress) by the project’s collaborating organizations. The Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century Act  places a national focus on evidence-based maternity care practices to help achieve the best possible maternity outcomes for mothers and babies.

In a press release, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard stated, “Despite the vast body of knowledge regarding best evidence-based maternity care, current maternity practice does not follow that research. For example, the widespread over-use of maternity procedures including Cesarean sections and scheduled inductions, which credible evidence tells us are beneficial only in limited situations, has resulted in longer maternity hospital stays and multiple costly procedures…sadly, despite our exorbitant expenditures on maternity care, childbirth continues to carry significant risks for mothers and babies, especially in communities of color.”

In its report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that nurses can play a vital role in helping to transform the health care system and can and should play a fundamental role in its transformation. The role, responsibilities and education of nurses will need to change to meet the increasing demand for safe, high-quality, and effective health care services.

Maternity care nurses are on the front lines, and the Mother-Baby Friendly Nursing educational program can serve as an evidence-based guide to assist labor, delivery and neonatal nurses provide safe, high-quality and effective care.

To register for the free February 23rd Introduction and Information session link to .

To register for the free webinar that will be available from 2pm to 5pm that day link to .

To find out more about the Mother-Baby Friendly Nursing or to bring the training to your community, please contact Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot by phone at 626-388-2191 or Email: .

blog post updated, 2/29/2012, 1:20 pm

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