Executive positions available for the 2013-2014 term Posted on Mar 12, 2013

MCNIG is looking to fill the following Executive positions for the 2013-2014 term

  • Chair Elect
  • Membership
  • Policy and Political Action
  • Student Representative


Interested members please contact the executive at: info@mcnig.ca

Elections are held at the RNAO AGM during MCNIG's annual breakfast meeting Sat April 13, 2013 in Toronto

 

MCNIG Spring Newsletter 2013 Posted on Mar 8, 2013

 Click here to view our MCNIG Spring 2013 Newsletter.

 

Student Representative Position Available Posted on Mar 2, 2013

Hello MCNIG Student Members,
 
The MCNIG Executive is once again looking for an enthusiastic student interested in filling the Student Representative position. We encourage 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students to apply, who are interested in perinatal nursing and willing to commit to:

  • A few teleconferences and face-to-face meetings throughout the year
  • Submitting 2 articles for the student column for our website and newsletter
  • Promoting perinatal nursing among students across Ontario
  • Being the voice for student colleagues

 
If you are a nursing student that is suitable and interested in this position, please send your bio to MCNIG?s Communications & Public Relations Officer, Maggie Hilton, along with the following:

  • Name
  • School & year of study
  • Mailing address & contact information (email & phone number)
  • RNAO membership number
  • Experience with perinatal nursing thus far
  • Goals in perinatal nursing
  • How do you think that you can reach out to the other nursing students in Ontario interested in perinatal nursing?

 
The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.
 
The students interested in this position will have their introduction letter read at the MCNIG?s Annual General Meeting Breakfast (which is free!). We ask that the student applying for the position respond as to whether or not they will be attending.
 
If you would like to speak to our current Student Rep about her experiences, please free to contact:

Ali Fyck at info@mcnig.ca and check out our website at https://www.mcnig.ca/ We are also on Facebook!

 

Executive positions are up for re-election this year Posted on Mar 1, 2013

The following Executive positions are up for re-election this year:
Chair Elect
Membership
Policy and Political Action
Student Rep

Elections are held annually at the RNAO AGM during the MCNIG annual breakfast meeting. This years meeting will be held on April 13th at the Toronto Hilton Hotel. For information on individual positions refer to our MCNIG positions under the "About us" tab. To nominate yourself or someone else please contact us as:  info@mcnig.ca

 

Toronto Public Health achieves Baby-Friendly Initiative designation Posted on Feb 12, 2013

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is pleased to receive the prestigious Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) designation and urges other health care institutions to also seek the designation.

"On behalf of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, it is a privilege to award Toronto Public Health the Baby-Friendly designation," said Kathy Venter, Chair, Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC). "As a model for community health services in Ontario, we urge TPH to continue to implement the global criteria as it joins the ranks of Baby-Friendly designated facilities in the world."

The BFI is a worldwide program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. In Canada, the BFI designation is awarded by the BCC to hospitals and community health services that put policies in place to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. These practices strengthen mother-baby and family relationships for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.

TPH is the largest community health service in Canada to receive this prominent award as well as the first designated public health facility in Ontario with a Baby-Friendly hospital within its service area, Toronto East General Hospital.

This designation ensures that Toronto residents continue to receive high quality infant feeding services from TPH staff. Families who have questions about infant feeding can call 416-338-7600 to receive telephone counselling and referrals to local breastfeeding clinics and parenting programs.  

A formal presentation, awarding the BFI designation to Toronto Public Health, will be made to the Board of Health by a member of the BCC on February 11. More information is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.HL19.3

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Media contact: Kris Scheuer, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-8020, kscheue@toronto.ca

 

MCNIG Fall Newsletter Posted on Dec 5, 2012

Please click on the following link to see our Fall 2012 newsletter.

MCNIG Newslette Fall 2012

 

Exciting New for Ontario! Human Milk Banks Opens Posted on Nov 1, 2012

Located at Mount Sinai Hospital, and in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Milk Bank collects donated breastmilk from lactating women, pasteurizes it, and distributes it by prescription to medically fragile babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Ontario.

The Milk Bank has been developed by some of Canada's foremost experts in paediatrics and neonatology, including Dr. Shoo Lee, an internationally recognized neonatologist and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and an inter-professional clinical team from all three hospitals. The process for creating the Milk Bank included ensuring regulatory approvals for donor milk banking and conducting research about the benefits of donor breastmilk for very low birth weight babies. The safety and quality of donor human milk is the Milk Bank's top priority, and The Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank meets or exceeds all safety standards for donor human milk banking.

Evidence from the medical literature was used to determine the eligibility criteria for babies to receive donor breastmilk. The research determined that providing donor breastmilk to a specific group of infants - preterm or very low birth weight hospitalized babies - can protect them against life-threatening illnesses such as necrotizing enterocolitis and potentially against serious infections and other complications related to preterm birth.

The Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Rogers Foundation. http://milkbankontario.ca/

 

New Safe Sleep BPG Posted on Nov 1, 2012

Keep your eyes out for the new RNAO Safe Sleep BPG going out for stakeholder review soon!

 

New Recommendations for Health Professionals on Infant Nutrition Posted on Nov 1, 2012

Highlights from the NEW revised Health Canada Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012): Nancy Watters E RN,BScN, MScN

The document now includes co-authors the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, CPS and Dietitians of Canada.

Breastfeeding is acknowledged as "the normal and unequalled method of feeding infants". The guideline recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding with complementary foods, for two years and beyond.

The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) including all of the BCC's Integrated 10 Steps for Hospital and Community Services and the WHO Code are endorsed and recommended.

Pasteurized human donor milk is recommended as the best option when exclusive breastfeeding or mothers own expressed breast milk is not an option.

Guidelines for informed decision making related to the use of breast milk substitutes are consistent with the BFI as well the WHO code for Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.

First complimentary foods should be iron rich meat and meat alternatives as well as iron fortified infant cereal.

The WHO growth Charts for Canada should be used for growth monitoring

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/index-eng.php?utm_source=email-infant-vanity&utm_medium=email-vanity&utm_campaign=email-blast

 

Gestational Weight Gain Report Posted on Nov 1, 2012

Lori Webel-Edgar RN,BScN, MN

In their 2009 report, Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Re-examining the Guidelines, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified associations between excess gestational weight gain (GWG) and adverse birth and maternal outcomes.1;2 The report includes guidelines for appropriate gestational weight gain ranges and rates, based on pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI). These guidelines were adopted by Health Canada3. In order to develop a comprehensive health promotion plan related to healthy weight gain in pregnancy, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) implemented the Food and Exercise in Pregnancy Survey. Eligible participants were at least 18 years of age, 14 or more weeks' gestation could read English and were receiving antenatal care from a health care provider (HCP) who practiced within the SMDHU catchment area. A total of 457 surveys were analyzed.

Body Mass Index (BMI) and Gestational Weight Gain

Approximately 54% of our sample entered pregnancy at a BMI which fell within the normal weight category; 42% entered pregnancy at a BMI which fell within either the overweight category or the obese category. Only 5% of the pregnant women surveyed had a pre-pregnancy BMI defined as underweight. Fifty-eight per cent (58%) of the sample were exceeding their recommended GWG rate at the time of the survey; 23% had already exceeded the upper limit of their recommended GWG range.

Nutrition Behaviour

Thirty-six percent reported consuming fewer than the recommended 7-9 servings of Vegetables and Fruit; 34% reported consuming more than 9 servings. Although women consumed an average of eight servings of Vegetables & Fruit, two of these servings were from fruit juice. Forty percent of pregnant women consumed the recommended 2-3 servings of products from the Milk and Alternatives food group. Forty-seven percent of pregnant women over-consumed Milk & Alternatives. The average number of Milk & Alternatives servings consumed was 3.5, with 43% of these servings being any type of cheese. Cheese and fruit juice may contribute to excess calorie intake. Pregnant women were more likely to exceed their recommended GWG rate if they reported consuming fast food more frequently than "rarely or never".

Physical Activity

Thirty-two per cent of women surveyed reported engaging in moderate exercise for at least 15-30 minutes 3-4 times per week, as recommended in the Joint Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)/Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Clinical Practice Guideline: Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. Twenty-eight per cent reported rarely or never engaging in moderate exercise. Over half of our sample (57%) reported they engaged in less moderate physical activity since pregnancy began. Barriers to Healthy Eating and Exercise Just over half (52%) of women reported they were told by their health care provider to exercise. A similar proportion was told to follow Canada's Food Guide5 (55%) during their pregnancy. A smaller proportion of women were given specific advice.

Prenatal Health Information

The top three preferred sources of prenatal health information were: one-to-one discussion with Health Care Providers (HCPs) (77%), websites and books written by health experts (41%) and in-person prenatal classes (40%).

Conclusions

Since a large proportion of pregnant women in Simcoe Muskoka are exceeding their recommended GWG rate, it is clear many women need guidance and support to achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Eating according to Canada's Food Guide, including the recommended number/size of servings for pregnant women and following the recommendations for physical activity outlined in the joint SOGC/CSEP Guideline6 will contribute to their success. Discussing strategies to decrease fast food consumption may support the achievement of recommended weight gain rates and ranges.

Working collaboratively to support pregnant women to achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy is a critical component of a comprehensive health promotion plan. In order to optimize maternal and child health outcomes related to gestational weight gain, health care providers must have the tools and resources required to address healthy lifestyle recommendations for pregnant women, calculate pre-pregnancy BMI, communicate individual GWG range and rate, plot GWG throughout pregnancy and make appropriate referrals to registered dietitians and other community supports.

For more info visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/JFY/HealthProfessionals/ PrimaryHealthCare/MaternalChildHealth/PracticeGuidelines/GestationalWeightGain.aspx

 

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