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- March 2021 Newsletter -
Prenatal & Infant Care Network resources
Video and slides now available from the February 18
webinar on Maternal Mortality
The Prenatal & Infant Care Network (PIC) kicked off 2021 with a webinar detailing the findings and recommendations of the recently released Indiana Maternal Mortality Report.

The report was compiled by the Indiana Department of Health's Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), which is comprised of volunteers from several disciplines who work to identify statewide trends in maternal mortality and offer recommendations to improve the health and safety of Indiana women.

Key findings include:
  • In Indiana in 2018, a total of 63 pregnancy-associated deaths occurred during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy.
  • 86% of pregnancy-associated deaths occurred postpartum, including 37% after 6 weeks.
  • Substance use disorder was the most common contributing factor to maternal deaths, likely contributing to over half of all pregnancy-associated deaths in 2018.
  • Accidental overdose was overwhelmingly the leading cause of death, accounting for 36.5% of all pregnancy-associated deaths.
  • The MMRC deemed 87% of reviewed pregnancy-associated deaths were preventable.

To learn more about the findings and key recommendations, as well as hear from local members of the MMRC, click the button below.
Education Opportunity
Free Core Breastfeeding Education Course
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2021
Doulas and anyone providing supportive care to mothers and babies are invited to sign up for the free Core Breastfeeding Education Course offered by local non-profit Journey Birth & Wellness.

The eight-hour class takes place on March 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1201 McKee Street in Fort Wayne. This course will be taught by local expert Sarah Wall, RN IBCLC, ICCE Outpatient Lactation Consultant/Childbirth Educator from Dupont Hospital. Participants will be introduced to the “10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding," which will enable them to provide the appropriate level of breastfeeding support within the scope of their practice.

The course is free, but space is limited so registration is required. For more information and to register visit this link on Facebook.
Prenatal & Infant Care Network resource
2021 Prenatal & Infant Care "PIC" Directories are available to order! The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation provides these free directories to connect users with over 80 high-quality, free and low-cost, prenatal and infant health resources in Allen County, Indiana.

Send Your News to Us!
Starting a new program or event? Send your information to MDistler@sjchf.org, or MaBurkholder@sjchf.org to have your announcement added to the next Prenatal & Infant Care Network newsletter.

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