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Loss of Legendary Pediatrician Dr. Brazelton

In 1973, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale known as the Brazelton Scale that revolutionized how the well-being of babies is assessed. His well-known work included identifying 11 predictable “touch points” of children from pregnancy to age 3, based on more than 50 years of pediatric prcactice. He died at 99, in his sleep at his Barnstable, Mass., home, said longtime friend and colleague Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:50AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Make International Women's Day Meaningful

March 8, 2018 is International Women’s Day. What a great opportunity to make it meaningful for you. It’s easy. Increase your knowledge about strong, famous women leaders by reading about them and noting their words of inspiration. Start reading a book written by women or see a movie directed by and starring women. Volunteer or donate to a non-profit organization that supports the well-being of women. Decide to mentor a young girl or find a female mentor. 

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:55AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

US Congress adopts budget deal to help infants with opioid dependency 

The recent budget deal adopted by the US Congress would provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years. The deal aims to support and keep families together when babies are born dependent on opioids. This deal is a step to address the well-being of a spiraling rate of US children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. This rate has quadrupled over the past 15 years.

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:23PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Every two minutes, a woman dies in childbirth

While the global maternal mortality rate is falling, one woman dies every 2 minutes in the world.  The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2017 report indicated that approximately 830 women die each day, and “most of these deaths and injuries are entirely preventable.”  The US rate is not nearly as high as third world countries, but the rate is increasing. Reasons are unclear, but studies show that low-income and rural women are more likely to die during pregnancy.  A non-Hispanic black woman is almost three times as likely to die during or shortly after childbirth as a white woman (56.3 versus 20.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in one analysis of 27 states and Washington, D.C.), according to a NEJM article. How does each person who cares about this distressing news make a difference in changing it? 

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Celebrating the life of Dr. Jerold Lucey, Well-known Neonatologist 

Dr. Jerold Lucey was an advocate for children’s health and a pioneer in neonatology.  He died at his home in Florida on December 10, 2017, at 91 years old. One of his many accomplishments was establishing “Hot Topics in Neonatology,” an international gathering of neonatologists that became a model for reviewing new clinical ideas with scientific rigor in a public forum. His life and accomplishments are being celebrated by all whose lives he touched.

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:04PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment