States and healthcare systems that are making a concerted effort to respond to the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rate in this country are discovering something important. Preeclampsia has a significant impact on maternal mortality and increasing awareness can help reduce the impact.
May is International Doula Month and both birth & postpartum doulas are being celebrated for the important contributions they make to maternal-infant health & the family's birth & postpartum experience. Childbirth educators play a key role in introducing expectant families to the role of the doula.
Lamaze International has long had a strong commitment to helping new families have their voices heard with our Congressmen and women from all across the United States. Our 2017 Advocacy Summit lets our politicians know how critical childbirth education is for families to have safe and healthy birth
May 6th through 12 is Nurses Appreciation Week. Nurses touch the lives of many pregnant, birthing and postpartum families and are often the first point of contact when a person goes into labor or arrives at the hospital. Lamaze thanks all those nurses who help people have safe and healthy births.
The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May each year to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of families. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 people who die while giving birth.