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    Pregnant women should not eat swordfish, shark, king mackerel or tile fish, because they contain risky levels of mercury that could harm the developing fetus.

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    There is NO SAFE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL you can drink while you are pregnant. Even one drink could harm your baby.

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    Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight.

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We are a local nonprofit agency that is part of a national network of organizations and individuals committed to improving Hawai‘i’s maternal, child and family health through collaborative efforts in public education, advocacy and partner development. Before, during and after pregnancy, we are here every step of the way.

Healthy Start

Nothing is more important than a healthy start in life. Whether you’re pregnant, a new parent, or still considering having a baby, HMHB has resources and information available to help.

Download brochures to learn more about key issues, learn more about our Programs, or visit our Advocacy page to learn how you can help advocate for the health of Hawaii's mothers and babies. You can also search our online Directory to get connected with hundreds of maternal and child health resources throughout Hawaii. 

Thank You, Ad 2 Honolulu!

Date: 21-04-2014

Thanks to the generosity of the talented marketing and advertising minds at Ad 2 Honolulu, HMHB is now launching its new public service campaign: "There's no substitute for mother's milk."

You'll soon be seeing print ads and a new TV spot, as well as hearing radio ads throughout Hawaii. Viewers are encouraged to visit HMHB "for all things baby." Keep us in mind before, during and after pregnancy and keep an eye out for the campaign!
 

HMHB is now a Gold Level participant

Date: 14-04-2014

We are proud to announce that HMHB has just earned the Gold level through the GuideStar Exchange, as a testament to our organization’s commitment to data transparency. By providing a comprehensive summary of our financial information, audited reports, personnel and programs, as well as measurements of our goals and impact, we are grateful to receive this honor.

Visit our report and read all about it here

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Every Child Deserves A Healthy Start At Life- Midweek 3/19/14

Date: 21-03-2014

Thank you to Midweek Hawaii for the write-up on our organization's committment to progress and being a vital resource for mothers in Hawaii before, during, and after pregnancy! Click below to view the article.

Attention: Puna Area Residents!

Date: 15-09-2014

Are you pregnant and delivering soon? If so, this is the class for you!

Christina Sorte, RN; Trillium Simington, Birth Doula; and the East Hawai'i Perinatal Consortia are proud to bring free childbirth and breastfeeding education courses to the Puna Community area. Their next series of three-week classes begins October 3rd and continues the following two Fridays. These classes will cover prenatal health and nutrition, the process of delivery, coping techniques and breastfeeding information. Each class will begin with prenatal exercise, so please bring a towel or yoga mat! A light snack will be provided for each session, as the class runs through dinner time, and you can't keep pregnant ladies hungry!

Christina and the Consortia are providing these classes free of charge to Puna residents, hoping to bridge the gap in perinatal health education for the area. They are not Lamaze or Bradley method classes but rather a gathering of various information put together to cover the different bases.

Christina says, "We look forward to this coming course and hope to see you there!"

 

COMMUNITY VOICES: SUPPORT KEY FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS

Date: 25-07-2014
Posted on July 15, 2014 on being808.com

You’ve heard that it’s good for you. You’ve heard it’s good for baby. But what do you need to make the choice to breastfeed, and how can you fulfill your breastfeeding goals?

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii is here to help — for your health, and your baby’s health.

As we ramp up for National Breastfeeding Month in August, we’re raising awareness about the resources available to moms who are breastfeeding or considering it.

Lots of moms think they can do everything on their own. But reaching out for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.

Moms who are breastfeeding can benefit from finding a support network, connecting with people who understand and encourage the  choice to breastfeed, and can offer helpful advice if questions come up. Many moms find that breastfeeding comes naturally and they don’t run into any major problems. Others might be the first in their family to choose to breastfeed, or they might run into concerns that make it a challenge to continue.

Here are some good tips to keep in mind as you get started:

First things first: Don’t wait to ask for help! If you’re ever experiencing pain while breastfeeding, something needs to be fixed right away. A certified lactation consultant is your best ally, and can provide you with expert knowledge to get back on track.

Find local breastfeeding support through HMHB’s online resource directory or by calling the MothersCare Line at (888) 951-6661. If you’re a WIC recipient, as half of new mothers in Hawaii are, you can also access lactation support at your local WIC clinic.

Secondly, make sure your family and partner are on board with your decision to breastfeed. Arm yourself with the knowledge and confidence that breast milk helps baby grow healthier, preventing a variety of short and long-term health risks.

When people ask how long you intend to breastfeed, the simplest answer is that the global recommendation from the World Health Organization is nothing but breast milk (no water, food or formula) for the first six months, and continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or longer. If you and baby are content in your breastfeeding relationship, there is no expiration date. The composition of your milk continues to evolve based on your baby’s individual needs and the immune-boosting protection never stops.

Finally, have confidence in yourself and your body. Making milk is entirely a supply and demand process: the more baby eats, the more milk you make. Monitor baby’s steady weight gain and check for six or more wet and three to four dirty diapers per day to ensure baby is eating enough. And don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for being able to provide all the life-sustaining nutrition your baby needs to grow.

Remember: You can do it! Take it one day at a time. And if you have questions, help is always available.

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Date: 06-06-2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Living Hawaii: Babies — First the Good News

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Giving birth on the islands is relatively cheap, but the high cost of goods and services makes raising a child here an expensive proposition.


JULY 21, 2014·By ALIA WONG for Honolulu Civil Beat

Imagine this scenario: You live in New Jersey, have no health insurance, are pregnant and intend to have the baby. You know it is going to cost you big bucks in the most expensive state for childbirth. So, what do you do?

You could give birth at the local hospital and hope there are no expensive complications. But about one childbirth in three in the U.S. ends up being via expensive cesarean section. You could get a midwife, but in some cases they end up directing expectant mothers toward the surgery room anyway, meaning that you could end up paying for both the midwife and the surgery. In either event, you might — like some other people — end up spending months or years paying off the birth of your adorable baby.

Or you could, at least theoretically, engage in a little “birth tourism” by flying to Hawaii. (Theoretically, because you would have to find an airline that doesn’t prevent all extremely pregnant women from flying.)

It may seem counterintuitive, but an expectant couple from New Jersey could fly first-class to the islands, stay for four nights in an oceanfront room at the Halekulani, have the baby at Queen’s Medical Center and still spend a few thousand dollars less than a hospital in their home state would charge just to deliver the child.

COMMUNITY VOICES: SUPPORT KEY FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS

Posted on July 15, 2014 on being808.com

You’ve heard that it’s good for you. You’ve heard it’s good for baby. But what do you need to make the choice to breastfeed, and how can you fulfill your breastfeeding goals?

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii is here to help — for your health, and your baby’s health.

As we ramp up for National Breastfeeding Month in August, we’re raising awareness about the resources available to moms who are breastfeeding or considering it.

Lots of moms think they can do everything on their own. But reaching out for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.

Moms who are breastfeeding can benefit from finding a support network, connecting with people who understand and encourage the  choice to breastfeed, and can offer helpful advice if questions come up. Many moms find that breastfeeding comes naturally and they don’t run into any major problems. Others might be the first in their family to choose to breastfeed, or they might run into concerns that make it a challenge to continue.

Here are some good tips to keep in mind as you get started:

First things first: Don’t wait to ask for help! If you’re ever experiencing pain while breastfeeding, something needs to be fixed right away. A certified lactation consultant is your best ally, and can provide you with expert knowledge to get back on track.

Find local breastfeeding support through HMHB’s online resource directory or by calling the MothersCare Line at (888) 951-6661. If you’re a WIC recipient, as half of new mothers in Hawaii are, you can also access lactation support at your local WIC clinic.

Secondly, make sure your family and partner are on board with your decision to breastfeed. Arm yourself with the knowledge and confidence that breast milk helps baby grow healthier, preventing a variety of short and long-term health risks.

When people ask how long you intend to breastfeed, the simplest answer is that the global recommendation from the World Health Organization is nothing but breast milk (no water, food or formula) for the first six months, and continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or longer. If you and baby are content in your breastfeeding relationship, there is no expiration date. The composition of your milk continues to evolve based on your baby’s individual needs and the immune-boosting protection never stops.

Finally, have confidence in yourself and your body. Making milk is entirely a supply and demand process: the more baby eats, the more milk you make. Monitor baby’s steady weight gain and check for six or more wet and three to four dirty diapers per day to ensure baby is eating enough. And don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for being able to provide all the life-sustaining nutrition your baby needs to grow.

Remember: You can do it! Take it one day at a time. And if you have questions, help is always available.

Thank You, Ad 2 Honolulu!

Thanks to the generosity of the talented marketing and advertising minds at Ad 2 Honolulu, HMHB is now launching its new public service campaign: "There's no substitute for mother's milk."

You'll soon be seeing print ads and a new TV spot, as well as hearing radio ads throughout Hawaii. Viewers are encouraged to visit HMHB "for all things baby." Keep us in mind before, during and after pregnancy and keep an eye out for the campaign!