Where are we now?

It’s easy to get discouraged about the state of maternal child health care today, especially in our country rich with resources.

Our nation’s c-section rates are startlingly high.

“Maternal deaths related to childbirth in the United States are nearly at the highest rate in a quarter century,” Carol Morello writes in a Washington Post article.

Our infant mortality rate isn’t any better.

Our breastfeeding rates are dismal.

I’ll say it again, it’s easy to get discouraged.

Healthy Children faculty, staff, and some of the conference attendees
Healthy Children faculty, staff, and some of the conference attendees

Karin Cadwell and Anna Blair, in their 2015 International Breastfeeding Conference session Where Are We Now?, acknowledged the work that still needs to be done. But they also highlighted some of the wonderful things happening within maternal child health in our nation (and one internationally.) It was just the kind of reminder I needed to recharge my batteries. If you’re looking for some encouragement, look no further. Here’s a recap of just some of the victories:

  • Legislation was signed to address a discrepancy between coverage for breastfeeding expenses in the Affordable Care Act and those of Tricare.

 

 

 

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports breastfeeding in this position paper.

 

 

 

Please share your thoughts. What would you add to this list?

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