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Friday, July 22, 2011

Help Us Send Much Needed Supplies!

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Mehwish Ansari <>
> Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM
> Subject: Help Us Send Much Needed Supplies!
> To:
> Dear Coalition for Improving Maternity Services:
> I am writing to you on behalf of MADRE. MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, seeks to advance these rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and partnering with women to create long-term solutions for the crises they face.
> MADRE's sister organization, Midwives for Peace, is a group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives who have come together to provide in-home deliveries for pregnant women in the West Bank and Israel. This group offers a safe alternative for women in labor who do not have easy access to hospital care. We have the opportunity to send urgently needed supplies through a volunteer next week. A list of these supplies is below. We would love to speak to you about what you may be able to donate or any relationships you may have.
> These supplies will be used to create "safe birthing" kits used by the midwives during delivery. Any of the items you can provide would be greatly appreciated. The kit includes:
> Hydrogen peroxide
> Topical alcohol and alcohol prep pads
> Obstetric gel
> Scissors
> Umbilical cord clamps
> Syringe bulbs
> Sterile cotton balls
> Sterile medical masks
> Sterile gauze
> Sterile bed liners
> Sterile Latex gloves
> Sterile baby blankets and towels
> Prenatal vitamins and supplements
> Physio balls for comfortable delivery
> Maternity care reading material and birthing books
> MADRE is located in New York City. You may mail your donation to:
> Attn: Helping Hands
> 121 West 27th Street Suite 301
> New York, NY 10001
> Alternatively, you may drop off your donation at the address above during our business hours, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
> Thank you very much! As you know, these supplies are truly life-saving to mothers and babies.
> I hope to hear from you soon!
> --
> Mehwish Ansari | Helping Hands Intern
> MADRE: Rights, Resources, and Results for Women Worldwide
> 121 West 27th Street, #301 | New York, NY 10001
> tel. 212-627-0444 | fax. 212-675-3704

Jodi Kluchar

Thursday, July 21, 2011

C-section rates hit all-time high, study finds

C-section rates hit all-time high, study finds
Rates of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high, a new study says.

Monday, July 18, 2011

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Independent: Joanna Moorhead: A bad birth experience can last a lifetime

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Joanna Moorhead: A bad birth experience can last a lifetime

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Nineteen years ago I ? and my baby ? almost died. I was 29 weeks pregnant at the time. The baby was my first, and all seemed well. Then a visit to an antenatal clinic changed everything. My blood pressure was high; there was protein in my urine. I was sent to hospital; admitted immediately; and by dawn the next morning, I'd had a Caesarean section and had a tiny (2lbs 13oz) daughter, who was fighting for her life in special care.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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A article from Jodi Kluchar

I thought you might find this interesting!

Flashbacks, panic attacks and nightmares - how giving birth can be as traumatic as going to war

Research has found that a third of new mothers, like Lucy Lord, pictured, found childbirth to be 'horrific' or 'terrifying'.

Full Story:

14 July 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I lost six pints of blood after giving birth - now I hope more Scots give blood, says Katy Whitelaw

I lost six pints of blood after giving birth - now I hope more Scots give blood, says Katy Whitelaw

But as the couple enjoyed their first minutes as a family, Katy began to feel
cold and shaky. Barry told medical staff he was worried about the amount of
blood she was losing as Katy's lips went blue and she lapsed into
Katy said: "Then I had a seizure and they had to get
crash team in. Up until that point, I was thinking I was over the
Later, surgeons explained they'd removed a large clot from Katy's
uterus and blood transfusions had saved her life.
She was later diagnosed
with post-traumatic stress syndrome and the family decided to move home to
Scotland last Christmas.
Today, with the help of counselling, Katy has
the trauma behind her and remarkably has not ruled out having another
She said: "If you'd asked me in the few months after Corrie was
I'd have told you even the thought of having another baby terrified

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Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

News Release

June 27, 2011

Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

Today, on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, we recognize the millions of Americans who suffer from this debilitating condition.  PTSD affects a wide range of people, from new mothers to our country's service men and women.

PTSD affects about 5.2 million adult Americans, but women are more likely than men to develop it. PTSD occurs after an individual experiences a terrifying event such as an accident, an attack, military combat, or a natural disaster.  Some people recover a few months after the event, but other people will suffer lasting or chronic PTSD.

HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a variety of resources to help people who suffer from PTSD and to help their families and friends better understand and deal with trauma and its aftermath. 

We have a responsibility to help Americans who have lived through trauma, especially our nation's service men and women who may be dealing with PTSD.  We owe them the care and resources they need to get well.

One of our key programs is our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide military veterans and service members, along with their families, assistance with the effects of PTSD through the confidential toll-free Veterans Crisis Hotline, a service that also offers support through a confidential one-on-one online chat service. 

Another important resource is the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (, which assists healthcare providers, educators, and families in helping children of service members deal with stress and trauma.

Also, as part of the Affordable Care Act, we are partnering with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share our best ideas on how to promote prevention and improve the quality of health care for veterans and all Americans.

If you think that you or someone you know has PTSD, you are not alone.  Please take a few minutes to talk with a caring VA counselor by calling 1-800-273-8255 (press "1") or visiting the online VA Chat service at

For a complete list of resources, please visit SAMHSA's Military Families Strategic Initiative Web site at


Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at

Last revised: June 27, 2011

Jodi Kluchar

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"Mothers Deserve Options"


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