KXAN News came to the 2019 TCHMB Annual Summit to report on how maternal and health leaders in Texas are addressing issues like maternal mortality and premature birth.
The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) is accepting applications for the position of Data Subcommittee Co-Chair (2 positions). The co-chairs will also be members of the TCHMB Executive Committee. Applications are due by by February 15, 2019.
As of December 2018, 206 (92%) of Texas’ birthing hospitals are participating in TexasAIM. Of those, 167 are designated “TexasAIM Plus” hospitals, and the other 39 are “TexasAIM Basic” hospitals.
Maternal mortality continues to be the maternal health story that Texas media are covering with the greatest depth and frequency, though the recent release of the enhanced analysis of 2012 deaths seems to have changed the emphasis of some of the coverage.
We asked the chairs of our QI initiatives to share some of the research they've found valuable over the last few months. Here are the highlights:
James A. Cooley, a healthcare researcher and analyst in the Medical and Social Services division at the Health and Human Services Commission, died Nov. 11, 2017.
In 2015, over half of respondents (61.4%) from 14 states reported bed sharing with their infant, and 38.5% from 13 states and New York City reported using any soft bedding, most commonly bumper pads and thick blankets.
The authors found that compared with women who never used hormonal contraception, the overall relative risk of invasive breast cancer among women who were current or recent users of any hormonal contraception was 1.20 This and more advisories are available here.
The goal of the initiative, and its associated learning collaborative, is to increase the number of very low birth weight infants that will receive human milk, preferably their mother’s milk, as their primary source of nutrition to assist with their immune and gastrointestinal tract development. More specifically, this project is focused on helping participating hospitals identify and overcome barriers to establishing maternal milk supply and barriers to supporting breastfeeding in the NICU. Initiative to Improve Infant Nutrition and Care in NICUs
We talk to Dr. George Saade, chair of TCHMB, about his career in maternal and infant health, the work of the Collaborative, and more.
The first lactation consultant Texas Children's Hospital ever hired and a driving force behind their successful in-house milk bank, Dr. Nancy Hurst continues to change the way Texas understands the importance of breastfeeding and human milk use for premature infants.