Maternal and Child Health
Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
December 19, 2013
Social media use is helping state and local health departments extend their reach:
- The Shelby County (Tennessee) Health Department is using social media to lower infant mortality rates in Memphis—its free B4BabyLife app [PDF-96KB] provides families with information and resources before, during, and after pregnancy.
November 19, 2013
- Gaston County, North Carolina, has eliminated the county’s disparity in the teen pregnancy rate between African-American and white teens.
- In 2012, for the first year on record, the county’s teen pregnancy rate among 15- to 19-year-old black females was 40.4 per 1,000, compared with 41.1 among white teens.
- This milestone came two years after Gaston County and CDC launched the Gaston Youth Connected initiative, which offers programs to more than 1,300 young people to help them avoid unplanned pregnancy.
April 5, 2013
South Carolina Medicaid is helping providers and recipients of health care by improving service options to access long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as IUDs and implants. This is likely to reduce the number of repeat teen and unintended births.
- Providers are now able to receive Medicaid reimbursement for inserting an IUD or contraceptive implant in the hospital after a woman has given birth or prior to discharge.
- More information can be found in the South Carolina Medicaid Bulletin, “Long Acting Birth Control Device Provided in a Hospital Setting.”
March 6, 2013
- Memphis, Tennessee—The Shelby County health department’s efforts to save babies helped reduce the county’s high infant mortality rate by more than one third during 2003-2011.
September 28, 2011
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released contraceptive guidelines based on the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.
- Alabama's Title X-supported centers provided contraceptive care to 107,800 women statewide in 2008 ― 79% of whom had incomes at or below federal poverty level.
- NYC's Bronx Teen Connection is partnering with 39 community-based organizations, schools, and clinics to reach over 11,000 youth with evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and over 2,100 youth with enhanced clinical services.
August 11, 2011
- Only about 5% of U.S. babies are born in Baby-Friendly hospitals, which support an optimal level of care for infant feeding.
- Texas hospitals and birthing centers that are designated Baby-Friendly or a Texas Ten-Step facility have significantly higher rates of exclusively breastfed babies at 48 hours of life.
- Arizona's Baby Steps to Breastfeeding Success program, partially funded through CPPW, has assisted 21 hospitals and trained more than 2,400 nurses to support breastfeeding practices.