Thunder Bay bar unveils pregnancy test dispenser Posted on Oct 12, 2013

Group hopes dispenser prompts women to learn about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

A Thunder Bay bar is now first in Canada to offer pregnancy tests in its women's washroom.

The dispenser installed at The Outpost at Lakehead University was provided by the group Healthy Brains for Children with the hope of preventing future cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [FASD].

Full story here.

 

Ontario's $2.5M plan to boost breastfeeding Posted on Sep 30, 2013

Health Minister Deb Matthews has unveiled a $2.5 million plan to boost breastfeeding.   

Breast is best.

That's the message from Health Minister Deb Matthews as she unveiled a $2.5 million plan Monday to boost breastfeeding.  �Breast is best for baby, breast is best for mom, and the evidence is very clear that breast is best for a healthy society,� Matthews said at a health clinic in Toronto�s Liberty Village.
�We know that we can get more women doing what we want them to do � breastfeeding � if we provide the right supports for them,� the minister said.

Full story and Video

 

 

Ontario's $2.5M plan to boost breastfeeding Posted on Sep 30, 2013

Health Minister Deb Matthews has unveiled a $2.5 million plan to boost breastfeeding.   

Breast is best.

That?s the message from Health Minister Deb Matthews as she unveiled a $2.5 million plan Monday to boost breastfeeding.  ?Breast is best for baby, breast is best for mom, and the evidence is very clear that breast is best for a healthy society,? Matthews said at a health clinic in Toronto?s Liberty Village.
?We know that we can get more women doing what we want them to do ? breastfeeding ? if we provide the right supports for them,? the minister said.

Full story and Video

 

 

The Baby-Friendly Initiative Posted on Sep 30, 2013

The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Evidence-Informed Key Messages and Resources.

As more organizations consider implementing the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), there is a need for support through evidence-informed resources. BFI Ontario and the Best Start Resource Centre adapted this resource, with permission from the Regional Municipality of Halton.  It provides evidence-informed, consistent messages, broken down into smaller pieces of information. The resources mentioned support BFI implementation and maintenance and will make a user-friendly and practical addition to your BFI tool kit. Specifically, this resource will:

  1. Increase health care providers’ confidence as they implement or maintain BFI by providing key messages using evidence-informed language.
  2. Assist facilities in using common language and messages regarding BFI that are consistent throughout programming and education within their own organizations.
  3. Provide facilities with evidence-informed practical resources to assist with BFI implementation and maintenance.

This resource includes:

  • Key evidence-based messages for each of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (WHO/UNICEF 1989) and the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (WHO, 1981) and subsequent WHA resolutions.
  • A break-down of each message with supporting rational and evidence.
  • Evidence-informed resources that can be used to support the implementation and maintenance of BFI.
  • References for each step, listed according to type (for example, Randomised Controlled Trial (RTC).

BFI Ontario and the Best Start Resource Centre hope you will enjoy and benefit from this resource as you navigate your BFI journey. To download the resource, go to: http://beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/index.html

 

 

Postpartum Depression Awareness Walks Posted on Sep 24, 2013

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We are changing the conversation around Postpartum Mood Disorders.   You can make a difference in your community and the lives of new parents. All it takes is one small step - every small action makes a BIG impact.

Walks for the fall are planned for Waterloo & Toronto. See the dates and links to register below.  Each walk will end with a mini resource fair. We are asking agencies who support parents in the community to contact us to either add information to the gift bag or attend and share information with the attendees.

Waterloo walk - October 9th, 2013 at 11am

Toronto walk - October 30th, 2013 at 2pm

 
 

Midwives could safely lead the care in most pregnancies Posted on Aug 22, 2013

Midwives could safely lead the care in most pregnancies, say international researchers who compared outcomes for women and their babies.

In midwife-led care, the midwife is the lead professional in planning, organizing and delivery of care throughout pregnancy and delivery. In medical-led models of care, an obstetrician or family physician mainly has those responsibilities, with midwives sometimes part of a team but not the leader.

Full article...

 

Important Notice to Male Registered Nurses Posted on Jun 28, 2013

Are You a Male Registered Nurse that currently cares for Maternal or Newborn clients? 

If you know a Male Registered Nurse that currently cares for Maternal or Newborn clients please pass this message on. 

As a male who works in a Maternal or Newborn environment you will be asked to share your perspectives and experiences by participating in a study. The study is titled: " A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Experiences of Men Who Choose to Work in Maternal-Newborn Nursing Positions"

Your involvement includes interviews that are short, confidential and can be done face to face or by telephone.  If you are interested or would like more information please contact Jeff Biletchi (graduate student) at 905 348 1614 or by email at jeff.biletchi@hotmail.com

Upon completion of the interview all participants will receive a $20 gift Card to Tim Horton.  

 

Important Notice about Infant Sleep Environments Posted on Jun 26, 2013

The following article brings to light the utter importance of education regarding safe sleep environments. Parents are hearing but not adhering to our teaching. How can we as nurses improve compliance?

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La Leche League Canada Health Professional Seminars Posted on May 16, 2013

La Leche League Canada is offering a series of seminars in 2013 featuring Nancy Mohrbacher, including three in Ontario (Oshawa, Ottawa and Guelph).

Register before the early-bird deadline and your name will be put in a draw; the winner of the draw gets to have lunch with Nancy and can have an in-depth discussion with her about breastfeeding issues!

Here's what's included in the program:

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Breakfast; Bookstore Open
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Screening of La Leche League Canada Video Presentation
  • 8:45 - 10:15 The Natural Laws of Breastfeeding

This session covers the entire course of breastfeeding, from birth to
weaning, incorporating key paradigm shifts and innovative teaching
strategies. It includes the significance of right-brain interactions in
the early postpartum period, the importance of touch to health and
survival, how realistic expectations can help increase breastfeeding
duration, the effect of breast storage capacity on feeding patterns,
and much more.

For information and to register see: http://www.lllc.ca/health-professional-seminars

 

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada Posted on Apr 27, 2013

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. In A. Pederson, M. Haworth-Brockman, B. Clow, B., H. Isfeld & A. Liwander (Eds). (2013). Rethinking women and healthy living in Canada. Retrieved from http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/default.htm
 
ABSTRACT:
 
The BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence have released a new women's health resource entitled Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada. The report, funded by Health Canada, is intended to generate an understanding of women and healthy living and to contribute to the development of evidence-informed responses to addressing challenges related to healthy living for women in Canada. In the report, the three Centres argue that healthy living needs to be reframed and embrace a broader concept of health and health issues in order to improve women's healthy living.
 
Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada includes four parts: (1) an overview of the status of women in Canada and the healthy living discourse; (2) a profile of women and healthy living; (3) healthy living strategies and promising gender-sensitive intervention; and (4) conclusions. The first part looks at international measures of gender equality and includes a demographic profile of women in Canada. It also describes the key features of the healthy living discourse and provides a history of its emergence in Canada. In the second part, profiles of women and healthy living are provided for ten topic areas: body weights, eating well, food insecurity, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, sexual behaviour, injuries and gender-based violence. The third part of the report examines selected healthy living strategies including the federal strategy and strategies from Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia using a sex-and gender-based analysis. Descriptions of new approaches to healthy living programming for women, including promising gender-sensitive practices such as trauma-informed physical activity, are provided. In the fourth part, we present our conclusions.

http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/default.htm

 

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