Foundation News

6th of February 2018

Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of February 6, 2018

Keeping Current @ the Capitol: The Advocacy Bulletin for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia Legislative Calendar 2018 The schedule for the remainder of the legislative session has been set. Crossover day – the day that legislation must move from one chamber to the other in order to be considered in 2018 – will […]

Advocacy Committee

29th of January 2018

Keeping Current @ the Capitol Week of January 29, 2018

Keeping Current @ the Capitol: The Advocacy Bulletin for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia And We’re Back! After a very short week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and three consecutive days of State closure, the Georgia General Assembly went back in session on Monday, January 22. Budget hearings for State […]

4th of January 2018

Building Perinatal Support Professionals Project

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia is excited to announce the Building Perinatal Support Professionals Project (BPSP). This project seeks to increase the number of qualified perinatal support professionals serving communities most at risk for poor birth outcomes in Georgia. Through funding by United Way of Greater Atlanta, the BPSP Project will provide scholarship […]


14th of December 2017

ACTION ALERT: Save PeachCare for Kids!

For the past 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been popular on both sides of the aisle for its funding of health insurance for children from low- and middle-income families. But this year, Congress let funding for CHIP lapse as it concentrated on passing the tax reform bill. CHIP covers almost 9 […]


13th of October 2017

Dental Care During Pregnancy

During pregnancy women are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the gums and it can be associated with low birth weight and/or preterm birth. The National Institute for Health Care Management reports that, “pre-term birth rate was 42% higher for babies birthed by women who did not receive dental care […]

Shannon Tedder

18th of July 2017

Achieving Maternal Health Equity in the Debate for Health Reform

Major parts of healthcare legislation have been under debate by the U.S. Senate to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure Medicaid. The plan to repeal the ACA raises concerns as it will most likely affect low-income and middle-income Americans. Among those that will take a major hit by these changes are women who […]

Diana Garcia

16th of May 2017

Resources for Future International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional that works to support mothers and their babies have the most successful breastfeeding experience possible An IBCLC is the “only internationally certified healthcare professional in the clinical management of breastfeeding and human lactation.1” Additionally, the utilization of an IBCLC has been shown to significantly […]

Emma Waugh

4th of April 2017

2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Sine Die was March 31, 2017 – Here’s What Happened: Please note that, while uncommon, all passed bills are subject to veto by the Governor. For the last legislative session, for example, there were 16 vetoes by the Governor. The Governor has 40 days to sign or veto legislation after the session ends. If he […]

HMHB Public Affairs Committee

2nd of March 2017

The Affordable Care Act, Pregnancy Care, Women’s Health and You

Passed in 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought about many changes to healthcare in the U.S., including what services are available to pregnant women. The U.S. healthcare system includes a complex web of providers, patients and payers that can be quite confusing. The ACA—a 1,000+ page document is also quite complex and it can […]

Emma Waugh

2nd of January 2017

Breastmilk shown to significantly reduce the risk of infants developing Celiac disease

Breastmilk has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of an infant developing celiac disease, a gastrointestinal condition characterized by gluten intolerance that affects an estimated 3 million Americans.1 Research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that “there is a reduction of 52% in the risk of developing celiac disease in infants […]

Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD