Foundation News

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 […]

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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

2nd of December 2016

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 […]

Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD

2nd of November 2016

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 […]

Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD