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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. 

HMHB Hawaii featured in Maui Family Magazine Summer 2015 issue

Date: 24-05-2015

A big mahalo to Maui Family Magazine for featuring our article about the importance of talking to your baby in the Summer 2015 issue. Babies whose parents talk, sing and read to them have larger vocabularies, and enter school ready to succeed. Need ideas to get started? Contact our MothersCare Line or visit our online directory here to find classes or a play group near you!

Baby Food Recall

Date: 21-04-2015

Beech Nut is recalling 4-oz. glass jars containing Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics sweet potato and chicken baby food due to possible contamination with small pieces of glass. The recall was announced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Beech-Nut Consumer Hotline at (866) 674-4446. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jodi Breuer, Director of Marketing, at (518) 839-0183. For more information from USDA, click here.

Recalls for the month of April, 2015

Date: 18-04-2015

We are committed to keeping you informed about recalls of products which can put your child at risk. Here is an overview of recalls for the month of April, 2015 that you should be aware of:

Listeria in ice cream and hummus leads to recalls: 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus and involving 25 Blue Bell Creameries products in more than 20 states.

April 15, 2015 CPSC: Husky Securelock is voluntarily recalling its Vertical Bike Hooks as they can unexpectedly detach, allowing the bike to fall which poses a risk of injury to bystanders. Sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 120,000 in the US and Canada.

April 15, 2015 CPSC: Cycle Gear is voluntarily recalling its Wheelies Semi Truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive levels of lead, which are in violation of the federal standard for lead content. Units: 155

April 14, 2015 CPSC: Yamaha is voluntarily recalling its Viking VI vehicle because of a crash hazard when rear wheels loosen. Units: 3,500

April 14, 2015 CPSC: San Pedro Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling its Renovated Mattresses because of failure to meet mandatory federal open flame standards, posing a fire hazard. Units: 4,800.

April 8, 2015 CPSC: Smooth Industries is voluntarily recalling its children’s pajamas because of failure to meet federal flammability standards, posing a risk of burn injury to children. Units: 7,600.

April 8, 2015 CPSC: Dimension Industries is voluntarily recalling its outdoor Hampton Bay-branded Niles Park Collection patio set because the patio sets rocking chairs can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard. Product sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 25,000.

April 1, 2015 CPSC: Stokke is voluntarily recalling its Trailz Strollers because of a fall hazard to the infant as the strollers handle can break while in use. Units: 400.

 

Visit the CPSC website to read more on these recalls: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

Recalls for the month of April, 2015

Date: 18-04-2015

We are committed to keeping you informed about recalls of products which can put your child at risk. Here is an overview of recalls for the month of April, 2015 that you should be aware of:

Listeria in ice cream and hummus leads to recalls: 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus and involving 25 Blue Bell Creameries products in more than 20 states.

April 15, 2015 CPSC: Husky Securelock is voluntarily recalling its Vertical Bike Hooks as they can unexpectedly detach, allowing the bike to fall which poses a risk of injury to bystanders. Sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 120,000 in the US and Canada.

April 15, 2015 CPSC: Cycle Gear is voluntarily recalling its Wheelies Semi Truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive levels of lead, which are in violation of the federal standard for lead content. Units: 155

April 14, 2015 CPSC: Yamaha is voluntarily recalling its Viking VI vehicle because of a crash hazard when rear wheels loosen. Units: 3,500

April 14, 2015 CPSC: San Pedro Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling its Renovated Mattresses because of failure to meet mandatory federal open flame standards, posing a fire hazard. Units: 4,800.

April 8, 2015 CPSC: Smooth Industries is voluntarily recalling its children’s pajamas because of failure to meet federal flammability standards, posing a risk of burn injury to children. Units: 7,600.

April 8, 2015 CPSC: Dimension Industries is voluntarily recalling its outdoor Hampton Bay-branded Niles Park Collection patio set because the patio sets rocking chairs can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard. Product sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 25,000.

April 1, 2015 CPSC: Stokke is voluntarily recalling its Trailz Strollers because of a fall hazard to the infant as the strollers handle can break while in use. Units: 400.

 

Visit the CPSC website to read more on these recalls: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

HMHB Hawaii featured on national CDC website

Date: 09-04-2015

We are so honored to be featured on the national CDC website, describing our recent safe sleep efforts in Hawaii. Our goal is to reduce sleep-related deaths by letting parents know how to reduce risks and how to help babies sleep safely. 

Check out the article  http://www.cdc.gov/prams/state-success-stories/hawaii.html

The Importance of Infant Bonding

Date: 26-03-2015

From the moment you receive a positive pregnancy test, it begins. The worries about your baby; the wonder about their future; and the questions about what kind of parent you will be. All of this is very normal, and even the most seasoned parents experience a barrage of emotions and questions with each pregnancy.

These feelings also help begin the natural process of bonding with the new life growing inside you. While each parent experiences pregnancy uniquely, it’s important to begin the bonding process, long before holding your new baby in your arms.

The brain is wired to seek safety, and it’s important to establish your baby’s sense of security. That begins with feeling confident and secure in your own environment. Although pregnancy and new parenthood can feel very overwhelming at times--hormones, sleep deprivation, emotional and financial stress can each take a toll--remember that you’re never alone. Find a trusted friend who can offer a listening ear – more people have experienced the same feelings than you might think. Ask for help around the house or for a break to recharge yourself with a nap. Make an effort to meet up with friends or set a “playdate.” Rest and social interaction help provide the energy you need to care for baby, and helps you bond naturally.

Once baby arrives, babywearing and skin-to-skin contact not only promotes successful breastfeeding, it also helps build baby’s sense of safety and security, as does baby massage, and talking to your baby. Invest in a comfortable, quality baby carrier, and settle in together. Forget the myths: it’s impossible to spoil an infant, so never hesitate to comfort and respond to their needs.

Research shows that infants begin recognizing their parents' facial expressions by three or four months of age. Receiving a big grin from your adoring baby is the most rewarding response to all your effort, and is merely the beginning of a lifelong bond.

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HMHB Hawaii featured in Maui Family Magazine Summer 2015 issue

A big mahalo to Maui Family Magazine for featuring our article about the importance of talking to your baby in the Summer 2015 issue. Babies whose parents talk, sing and read to them have larger vocabularies, and enter school ready to succeed. Need ideas to get started? Contact our MothersCare Line or visit our online directory here to find classes or a play group near you!

HMHB Hawaii featured on national CDC website

We are so honored to be featured on the national CDC website, describing our recent safe sleep efforts in Hawaii. Our goal is to reduce sleep-related deaths by letting parents know how to reduce risks and how to help babies sleep safely. 

Check out the article  http://www.cdc.gov/prams/state-success-stories/hawaii.html

Hawaii Public Radio: Helping Hand KHPR.FM interview

HMHB Executive Director Lisa Kimura had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio about our organization: HMHB's mission, services, and future needs.

Click here to listen to the radio interview