Supporting Children and their families
A Connected Child is a Protected Child
NOVEMBER IS PREMATURITY awareness month
November is Prematurity Awareness Month—an important time to raise awareness of the maternal and infant health crisis of preterm birth. The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth. Prematurity affects too many moms and babies and is fueled significantly by disparities in our health care system, communities, and institutions.
Check out Alliance member UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s Neonatology program HERE for more information about the life-saving care they provide to the sickest, smallest and most fragile newborns.
Click on the slides to the right for more information and links to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the March of Dimes and Pan American Health Organization.
Click here to learn about how to keep babies safe while sleeping.
JOIN THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION TASK FORCE
Alameda County’s Department of Children and Family Services and the Child Abuse Prevention Council seeks to bring together community volunteers from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences towards the service of the children and families residing within Alameda County to join our Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. We are looking to continue to have a diversity of member perspectives that are intended to encourage constructive conversation while gathering ideas and recommendations to recognize the child abuse prevention service gaps that impact children, youth, and families living in our county.
Task Members would be involved in:
- County Self Assessments – identifying service gaps and provide recommendations for service improvement
- Contract Oversight – conduct annual site visits to contract agencies to ensure contract compliance
- Attend and participate in monthly Task Force meetings
- Work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership with child welfare and other stakeholders.
If you would like to learn more and request an application, please contact Alameda County Child Abuse Prevention Council at email@example.com.
Perinatal Equity Initiative
Black women and birthing people face challenges that stem from policies and systems rooted in racism. They are twice as likely to live in poverty or to experience hardships, such as homelessness or the incarceration of a loved one, during pregnancy. In addition, chronic, transgenerational exposure to racism results in toxic stress that has been shown to have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of Black individuals, regardless of income or education levels.
Each year, 1 in 10 babies is born preterm. World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families. Organizations like the March of Dimes work tirelessly to improve the outcomes for babies and moms.
Babies born prematurely or with a life-threatening condition get 24-7 intensive care from an experienced team that includes neonatologists, perinatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists, and they work closely with any other pediatric specialists whose care your baby may need. https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/care/neonatology
Skin-to-skin contact has proven to be an extremely beneficial and effective practice, especially important in the case of premature babies. Initiated immediately after birth, its practice contributes to the initiation and sustaining of breastfeeding, and favors the stabilization of vital parameters such as heart rate and blood glucose levels. https://www.paho.org/en/campaigns/prematurity-month-2022-we-promote-skin-skin-contact
When Ashley’s baby was born 23 weeks early, she knew there was only one thing to do: ‘Everything possible’ The road to becoming a parent looks different for everyone. Maybe you’re not ready to start a family until you’re 37; maybe you need IVF; maybe your baby ends up in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). That’s how Ashley and Mitch Taylor’s story began.
Watch this March of Dimes video to hear their story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UdVyaGphdw
Mandated Reporter Training
Professionals working with children, including those who employ people under 18, are Mandated Reporters and required to report their suspicion of abuse or neglect. To learn more and schedule a training,
Raising children can be difficult. Oftentimes, parents and caregivers just need to talk. To someone. To offer support, tips, ideas, and services. Call today and find out all that is available to you and those you provide care for!