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AABC News Brief - AUG 2 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019  


1. AABC Awards Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships for the 2019 Birth Institute

2. Gain Confidence in Your NRP Skills at the AABC Birth Institute

3. Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 Signed into Law


1. AABC Awards Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships for the 2019 Birth Institute

The American Association of Birth Centers has awarded 13 Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships for the 2019 AABC Birth Institute.  Thank you to the many donors who supported the fundraising campaign earlier this year, donations totaled more than $12,700.

These scholarships have a lasting impact for both the recipients and AABC. 2018 was the inaugural year of the Diversity & Scholarship program and 11 scholarships were awarded.  These recipients have shared that the AABC Birth Institute:

  • Validated their career paths
  • Motivated them to advocate for change in their communities
  • Contributed to their personal and professional growth

At the national level, scholarship recipients engaged in AABC by joining committees and more recently being appointed to the AABC Board of Directors.

Thank you to everyone who supports and participates in this initiative at the AABC Birth Institute.

Learn more about the AABC Birth Institute>>


2. Gain Confidence in Your NRP Skills at the AABC Birth Institute

AABC is offering two opportunities at the AABC Birth Institute for providers and other birth center personnel to hone their neonatal resuscitation skills.

1. Birth Center Focused NRP Provider Training.  This pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, September 11th is an all day course that features skills stations that focus on repeated practice of initial steps, ventilation, and compressions until muscle memory is well-developed for these skills. All aspects of NRP will be covered in the skills stations, including use of T-piece resuscitators, LMAs, intubation, medications, and UVC placement. The instructor will also help you navigate introduction of T-piece resuscitators and other possible new skills, and practice all scenarios in ways you would be likely to encounter in out-of-hospital birth. There are limited spaces available, so register soon. Learn more about the AABC Birth Center Focused NRP Provider Training including a course overview, faculty, and how to register>>

2. On Sunday, September 15th, NRP faculty Julie Moon, CNM and Olga Ryan, RN will teach neonatal resuscitation skills as part of the clinical breakout session. Participants will rotate through skills stations  that will focus on use of T-piece resuscitation, UVC and IO access and methods, medication administration and LMA/intubation in neonatal resuscitation.  Learn more the AABC Birth Insitute and register>> 


3. Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 Signed into Law

New federal legislation was signed into law on July 25th.  The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 requires that certain public buildings that contain a public restroom also provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public. This means that advocates and visitors to Capitol Hill, Senate and House office buildings, the Smithsonian buildings, courthouses, customshouses, and other federal facilities around the nation will have access to a clean, private lactation space.

Under current practice, federal agencies provide a designated, non-bathroom space for returning employees to pump breast milk during the work day. The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act extends this requirement to include not just employees, but visitors to federal facilities. In Washington, D.C. alone, there are millions of tourists who visit federal facilities. There are also visitors to federal agencies for meetings and events that will benefit from the Act’s provisions. Families who exclusively pump, chest feed, use a supplemental nutrition system (SNS), or simply prefer a private space will have access to accommodations while utilizing federal facilities.

This legislation was passed because of advocacy efforts led by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), of which AABC Is a member organization. The USBC circulated a letter of support for the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, which was signed by 48 international, national, and tribal organizations and 38 regional, state, and local organizations. The impact of this letter was amplified by the more than 1,000 messages sent to Senators by their constituents through USBC's online action tool.

What a great way to kick-off National Breastfeeding Month! Learn more>>


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