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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHB) constantly follows developments on an array of maternal and child health topics at the local, state and federal levels, and we want to keep you informed every step of the way. We regularly update our blog with current stories, press releases, and links to our monthly newsletter. Be sure to check regularly for the latest news from HMHB.

Charles Johnson to Receive Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charles Johnson to Receive Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award on Monday Dublin, Georgia - October 20, 2017 - On Monday, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia ("HMHB") will present the 2017 Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award to Charles Johnson, son of Judge Glenda Hatchett, for his work to address maternal mortality through policy change. After the sudden passing of his wife Kira due to complications following a routine scheduled C-section, Charles has dedicated his life mission to launching...


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 during pregnancy and low birth weight was 33% higher.” It is recommended that pregnant women receive a routine dental examination because the mouth is affected...

Author: Shannon Tedder


Fifth Annual Golf Tournament Winners!

Stockbridge, Georgia - October 5, 2017 -   On Monday, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia ("HMHB") held it's Fifth Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, GA. "This has been a wonderful event for HMHB and we are so happy to have partnered with Georgia's business and health communities to make the Tournament a success each year," shared Tournament Founder and HMHB Board Member, Shawn Smith. "We are thankful to our many sponsors, volunteers and partners,...


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 may lose access to comprehensive services and experience a rise in premiums, gaps in coverage for basic preventative services, and other essential benefits. At a...

Author: Diana Garcia


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 improve breastfeeding outcomes and lower health costs1. There are several paths to becoming an IBCLC that all involve developing a strong background in the health...

Author: Emma Waugh


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 fails to sign or veto, the bill then becomes law on the effective date as established in the bill (which is typically July 1 of...

Author: HMHB Public Affairs Committee


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 be difficult to understand exactly how it impacts you. Before looking further into what the ACA does for pregnant women, it is important to note...

Author: Emma Waugh


Three GA Legislators Awarded the Charlotte Wilen Maternal & Infant Health Advocates of the Year Award

Atlanta, Georgia - March 1, 2017 - Last week, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia presented the 2016 Charlotte Wilen Maternal & Infant Health Advocate of the Year Award to three Georgia legislators for their integral work to support the passage of House Bill 649, the Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act. "This law will increase access to clinical care for thousands of Georgia's breastfeeding mothers and babies, increase initiation and duration rates of breastfeeding, and save the state significant...


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 who were breastfed at the time of gluten exposure.”2 In other words, this research shows that to reduce the risk of developing celiac disease, breast...

Author: Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD


Tobacco, pregnancy, and the costs of cigarettes

Pregnant women who smoke increase the risk of poor birth outcomes for themselves and their babies. These risks include placental abruptions, low birthweight babies, small for gestational age babies, oral clefts, and certain heart defects.1 Georgia birth certificates show that about 6% of mothers smoke during pregnancy. However, due to the stigma associated with smoking during pregnancy, one study has found that many women falsely deny that they smoke.   Research from Ohio found that only about half of the smoking...

Author: Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD


How can the flu shot benefit pregnant women?

Every year thousands of people die from the flu, and pregnant women are in the “high-risk” category. A healthy pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized for the flu is 18-fold greater than for a healthy non-pregnant woman.1 Physicians recommend the flu shot for pregnant women during all trimesters.2 Studies have shown that, overall, pregnant women who get the flu shot have better birth outcomes. The flu shot is associated with a decrease in the risk of stillbirth, prematurity, and small...

Author: Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD


2016 State of the State of Maternal & Infant Health in Georgia Report Published

Atlanta, Georgia – September 29, 2016 – Today, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (“HMHB”) publishes their second State of the State of Maternal & Infant Health in Georgia report. As a service to many interested private and public stakeholders, HMHB has summarized pertinent health data in the following areas: prenatal care, fetal mortality, live births, premature and low birthweight babies, infant mortality, maternal disease, maternal obesity, maternal use of alcohol and illicit drugs, maternal mortality, postpartum visits, perinatal...


HMHB Hosts 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Hamilton Mill Golf Club

Dacula, Georgia – September 13, 2016 – Yesterday, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (“HMHB”) held its 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Hamilton Mill Golf Club. HMHB is proud to announce the following winners from the Tournament: 1st Place: Eric Rowell, Keith Vickers, Chad Johnson and Les Campbell representing Help a Child Smile Mobile Dentistry Men’s Longest Drive: Kyle Holder, Northside Hospital and Health System Women’s Longest Drive: Bridget Green, Northside Hospital and Health System Men’s Closes to the...


Georgia Becomes Second State in Nation to License Lactation Consultants

Atlanta, Georgia – May 2, 2016 – Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law HB 649, the Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act, making Georgia the second state, after Rhode Island, to license lactation consultants. Federal law requires coverage for lactation services, but many insurance companies will only pay for the services of licensed healthcare professionals. Lack of insurance reimbursement has made clinical breastfeeding care prohibitively expensive for many. “We are grateful to Representative Sharon Cooper for working tirelessly to pass...


Aetna Receives Corporate Stewardship Award for Efforts to Promote Oral Health During Pregnancy

Atlanta, Georgia – October 6, 2015 – Today, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (“HMHB”) presents Aetna with the organization’s first ever Corporate Stewardship Award to recognize efforts in promoting dental health during pregnancy. Aetna’s Dental/Medical Integration Program supported the work of Dr. Mary Lee Conicella and her research to link the reduction of risk of preterm birth with preventative dental care. Over 175 nurses, WIC peer counselors, social workers, providers and other birth support professionals were in attendance...