Did you see this Article in your local newspaper? Posted on Apr 17, 2013

A great article about the Baby-Friendly Initiative appeared in several newspapers across Canada.



Measuring the Health of Infants, Children and Youth for Public Health in Ontario: Indicators, Gaps and Recommendations for Movin Posted on Apr 16, 2013

(available in French)

Ontario Agency of Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). (2013). Measuring the health of infants, children and youth for public health in Ontario: Indicators, gaps and recommendations for moving forward. Toronto, ON: Queen?s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from http://www.oahpp.ca/resources/measuring-health-infants-children-youth.html

ABSTRACT from http://www.oahpp.ca/resources/measuring-health-infants-children-youth.html:

Measuring the Health of Infants, Children and Youth for Public Health in Ontario: Indicators, Gaps and Recommendations for Moving Forward charts a path forward for population health assessment and surveillance in infants, children and youth for the public health sector in Ontario. Ontario is home to nearly 3.1 million infants, children and youth aged 0 to 19 years, yet the province lacks a coordinated system to monitor their health. Population health assessment and surveillance activities specifically tailored to children are critical. To date, few child health status reports have been produced at the provincial level. A comprehensive data collection system and set of common indicator definitions do not exist for the public health sector in Ontario.

The results of this report highlight a strong foundation of ready-to-report Core Indicators produced by the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario that can be used to measure child health. Sixty-seven Core Indicators that correspond to requirements of the Ontario Public Health Standards may be reported on now, while an additional twelve relevant Core Indicators require expanded data sources or definitions for infants, children or youth. The greatest need for indicator development is in the areas of breastfeeding, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, growth and development, healthy eating, healthy family dynamics, healthy weights and positive parenting.

Based on the results, 10 system-level recommendations actionable by Public Health Ontario in collaboration with key partners are presented to demonstrate the breadth and depth of work that is needed to advance population health assessment and surveillance for children in the province and to provide steps for moving forward.

Recognizing the importance of forming strong partnerships with other sectors that have a stake in child health, we hope to foster the necessary commitment to advance a coordinated, province-wide population health assessment and surveillance system for children in Ontario.

EN: http://www.oahpp.ca/resources/documents/reports/health_infant_children_youth/measuring_health_infants_children_youth_report_2013.pdf

FR: http://www.oahpp.ca/fr/resources/documents/reports/health_infant_children_youth/measuring_health_infants_children_youth_report_2013.pdf


The Power of Prevention for Mothers and Children: The Cost Effectiveness of Maternal and Child Health Interventions Posted on Apr 15, 2013

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. (2009). The power of prevention for mothers and children: The cost effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions. Retrieved from http://www.amchp.org/Documents/AMCHP_PowerofPrevention_5-8-09_Online.pdf


State Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs improve health and enhance the quality of life of our nation?s women and children. Preventive interventions supported by state MCH programs offer major benefits by reducing health care costs and promoting wellness. As policymakers consider health reform and ways to improve public health, they should consider the power of prevention for mothers and children and how state MCH programs effectively address maternal and child health needs. This report provides information about the cost effectiveness of a range of programs and topics: block grants; prenatal care; breastfeeding promotion; home visiting for mothers and infants; smoking cessation for pregnant women and mothers; reducing maternal obesity and chronic disease; newborn screening; child immunizations; early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment for all children; early childhood programs; access to a medical home, preventing childhood injury; oral health; adolescent health, teen pregnancy prevention and family planning services; and sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment.


BFI Ontario's Success!!! Posted on Apr 14, 2013

Congratulations to BFI Ontario for their success in lobbying for The Ontario Newborn Screening website to remove the picture of the bottle feeding baby to align with BFI principals. MCNIG salutes your efforts to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in Ontario!


MCNIG?s Annual Breakfast Meeting: Another Great Year Posted on Apr 14, 2013

For those of you who were unable to attend this year?s MCNIG annual breakfast meeting at the RNAO AGM was a great success! We voted in 4 new executive members, shared our groups successes and engaged in exciting conversations.

Our guest speaker Allana Kibbe RMW spoke to us about the new birth center opening in Toronto later this year. She discussed the benefits and rewards of the center as well of the challenges faced to open such a center. Allana states the goal of the center is to provide safe and culturally appropriate midwifery care to all those who chose it.

As we embark on a new year, with new direction and new goals we hope to serve even stronger as ?The voice of perinatal nursing in Ontario?.

-          Maggie Hilton RN., Communications Officer


World Autism Awareness Day: April 2 Posted on Mar 27, 2013

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) aims to bring the world's attention to autism. ?WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe? (WAAD, 2013).


New Birth Centres: Ottawa and Toronto Posted on Mar 27, 2013

Two new birth centres are expected to open in summer 2013 in Ottawa and Toronto. The Toronto Birth Centre and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre will each provide mothers-to-be and their families with a broad range of programs and services led by midwives and, in the case of the Ottawa centre, provide special attention to meeting the needs of the Francophone population (Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health [PCMCH], 2013). Each centre expects to assist with 450-500 births each year. They will offer more choice as to where women can deliver healthy babies, while helping to keep hospital beds free to focus on high-risk births.

EN: http://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2013/01/about-birth-centres-1.html



MCNIG's Chair Elect Leigh Baetz-Craft to speak at Ryerson University Posted on Mar 19, 2013

MCNIG's Chair Elect Leigh Baetz-Craft will be speaking to Ryerson University Nursing Students about the benefits of MCNIG membership. For more information and event details contact us at info@mcnig.ca


Family Physician seeking information on Perinatal Bereavement Posted on Mar 15, 2013


I am interested in connecting with folks with a clinical and research interest in bereavement support following stillbirth.  I know that there are services offered in some Canadian cities. Though there are some perinatal support programs connected to a network, as found in the Regina Health Region and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network , most support groups seem to run in isolation and have a more general bereavement focus (ie. not perinatal).  Furthermore, I am not aware of any groups across Canada with an added interest in research.   

I am finding that, in other countries, there is a more unified approach to addressing both bereavement care and research--therefore, making it easier to find like-minded people.  For example, UK Sands, MISS Foundation, International Stillbirth Alliance and Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (Seattle Children's initiative) are taking strides in the areas of both support and research.

My query stems from a two-fold interest.  First, I have recently founded a non-profit society with other bereaved families called Still Life Canada: Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Education, Research & Support (SLC).  Secondly, I am currently a Clinician Scholar with UBC Family Practice and will be conducting research with SLC in the area of bereavement care following stillbirth. 

With global bodies, like the WHO and FIGO (next International Congress in Vancouver, 2013) recently declaring a focus on/interest in stillbirth, I would like to connect with others working in the area.

Lynn Farrales, MSc, MD CCFP
Clinician Scholar, UBC Family Practice
Family Physician
Vancouver, BC


Maternity Support Study Looking for Canadian Nurses perspective Posted on Mar 15, 2013

The Maternity Support Survey is the first study to explore three different, but related, occupations in terms of their approach to maternal support and care. This research will survey doulas, childbirth educators, and labor and delivery nurses from across the United States and Canada about their knowledge and attitudes toward current childbirth practices, technologies and support.

The Maternity Support Survey has partnered with the following organizations in the recruitment of participants: Association of Women?s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); Birthing from Within; Lamaze International; International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA); BirthWorks; DONA International; toLABOR (was ALACE); CAPPACanada, and Health Connect One.


The survey is available online for Canadian residents here:

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and your participation is entirely voluntary. For questions or feedback, please contact Louise M. Roth, PhD <mailto:lroth@email.arizona.edu


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