Tag Archives: Maternal

Breastfeeding and lactation research: exploring a tool to measure infant feeding patterns

Noel-Weiss. J.  et al. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2014; 9(5)

The goal of this research project was to develop and test a tool to measure patterns of infant feeding for breastfeeding and lactation research.

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Can food vouchers improve nutrition and reduce health inequalities in low-income mothers and young children: a multi-method evaluation of the experiences of beneficiaries and practitioners of the Healthy Start programme in England

McFadden, A. et al. BMC Public Health, 2014; 14:148

Good nutrition is important during pregnancy, breastfeeding and early life to optimise the health of women and children. It is difficult for low-income families to prioritise spending on healthy food. Healthy Start is a targeted United Kingdom (UK) food subsidy programme that gives vouchers for fruit, vegetables, milk, and vitamins to low-income families. This paper reports an evaluation of Healthy Start from the perspectives of women and health practitioners.

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Guidance on data collection for the prenatal pertussis vaccination programme 2012/13

By Department of Health (2012)

This document provides high-level guidance on the collection of data to inform prenatal pertussis public health actions, how a PCT might collect and collate data on the prenatal pertussis vaccination programme, and instruction on how to submit vaccine coverage data via the ImmForm website.

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Teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom: a behavioural ecological perspective

Dickins, TE. et al. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 2012; 6(3): 344-359

This article states that attempts to reduce high rates of teenage pregnancy and motherhood are unlikely to succeed if young women continued to face environmental risk and uncertainty. Environmental risk, including factors such as crime and vandalism, are a clear predictor of early pregnancy. Rather than investing in educational programmes, money would be better spent on the maintenance of at-risk neighbourhoods.

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Flu immunisation for pregnant women

By NHS Eastern & Costal Kent (August 2012)

The South East region of the Health Protection Agency funded a short term project during February and March 2012 to investigate the attitudes of pregnant women and healthcare professionals with regard to influenza immunisations and to explore models of good practice. The project group was tasked with producing this resource pack for NHS organisations to use in both primary and secondary care settings to assist them to increase their influenza immunisation uptake rates in pregnant women.

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Maternal mental health pathway

By Department of Health (2012)

New guidance provides a structured approach on common issues associated with maternal mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after the birth.

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