The primary purpose of the Idaho Perinatal Project is to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and to improve pregnancy outcomes throughout the state of Idaho.
Our goals include the creation of a database for maternal/child outcomes; correlate, analyze, and make recommendations regarding maternal/child statistical data for the state of Idaho; provide education to perinatal health care professionals and the general public; and become a main resource and advocate in maternal/infant health.
Debbie Ketchum, Sr. Director of Perinatal Programs, has been selected to represent our State and the St. Lukes Health System as a 2017 AWHONN Emerging Leader. This prestigious honor is afforded to 10 nursing leaders across the country each year. Debbie is only the 2nd nurse in Idaho to be selected for this national program. The participant selection is based on each applicants skills, experience and enthusiasm for Womens Health and Perinatal nursing.
The Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) launched in 2007 the AWHONN Emerging Leaders Program which engages outstanding nurses in a formal, year-long leadership training program. Activities include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with Congressional staff, multiple continuing education opportunities, and other experiential training to build confidence and leadership skills among participants.
Zika Virus Alert
ZIKAV update 12/15/16
HAN: Yellow alert 5 locally transmitted cases
Zika and Pregnancy: What you should know (website)
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Zika FAQs for Providers & Nurses (pdf)
Zika FAQs for Patients (pdf)
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What should I do if I think I've been exposed?
- Are you pregnant?
- Are you a woman who is thinking about getting pregnant?
- Are you a man who is going to have unprotected sex with a woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant?
- If your answer to all of these questions is "no," there is arguably no reason for you to get tested. Only 20% people who contract the virus will even develop any symptoms, and those who do will experience only mild and short-lived discomfort.
- If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, however, you should contact your doctor about being tested for Zika.
CDC reports more than 4,000 Zika virus cases in the US (webpage)
2 more US infants born with Zika-related birth defects; 1,000+ pregnant women infected
AAP to use federal Zika funds to create network of trained providers (webpage)
Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Zika Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Components Guidance for Industry (pdf)
A rapid review of personal protective measures for preventing Zika virus infection among pregnant women (pdf)
Vaginal Exposure to Zika Virus during Pregnancy Leads to Fetal Brain Infection (pdf)
Key Messages - Zika Virus Disease (pdf)
Doctor's Visit Checklist: For Pregnant Women Who Traveled to an Area with Zika (pdf)
Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus (pdf)
CDC releases new guidance on caring for infants with congenital Zika (website)
CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Investigation for Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida (website)
Petition for Zika Research (website)
What Does Zika Virus Mean for the Children of the Americas? (pdf)
CDC issues new directives for pediatricians (website)
Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk (website)
Growing number of problems found in Brazilian babies affected by Zika (website)
For Zika-infected pregnancies, microcephaly risk may be as high as 13 percent (website)
CDC: 157 Pregnant Women In The U.S. Have Tested Positive For Zika (website)
CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects (pdf)
CDC reports low Zika virus risk in high altitude areas (website)
CDC Update: Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure (website)
Consumer Reports found three products to be most effective in combating the mosquito known for carrying Zika: Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin, Natrapel 8 Hour and Off! Deepwoods VIII. 25% DEET or 20% Oicardin that's the Jist
Texas Hospitals Develop Rapid Test for Zika Virus Detection (website)
But it will only be available at hospitals that developed it for now, research team says.
CDC braces for wave of Zika cases (website)
CDC Director on Fighting Zika: "There Is So Much That We Need to Do"
Study suggests Zika can cross placenta, adds to microcephaly link (website)
In a study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the scientists said their finding suggests Zika virus can cross the placental barrier, but does not prove it causes microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.
Revised diagnostic testing for Zika, chikungunya, and dengue viruses in US Public Health Laboratories (pdf)
Many countries in the Americas now have local transmission of multiple arboviruses that can cause febrile illness with rash, myalgia, or arthralgia. Therefore, laboratory testing has become even more important to confirm the etiology of these diseases.
Practice Advisory: Interim Guidance for Care of Obstetric Patients During a Zika Virus Outbreak (pdf)
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory, travel advisory and an early release MMWR concerning Zika virus (Zika) and its potential impact on pregnant women and their fetuses.
CDC expands Zika virus travel warning (website)
The CDC has expanded to 22 the number of countries and territories pregnant women should not visit due to the risk of contracting Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease that may be causing microencephaly in infants born to infected mothers. Although initial concern has focused on Brazil, where 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported with a major uptick since 2010, the World Health Organization said today that the virus will likely reach all of the Americas except Chile and Canada.
CDC recommends delaying pregnancy after Zika virus infection (website)
Study identifies protein linking Zika virus to birth defects (website)
Study: Early ultrasounds may not show signs of Zika-related microcephaly (website)
- Integrating Behavioral Health into Maternal Care (pdf)
- CDC reports increasing flu vaccination among pregnant women (website)
Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy 'Still Falls Short' of Recommendations
- Causes of neonatal mortality differ in US home, hospital births (website)
Infant deaths during home birth often tied to delivery problems.
- Report finds increase in US preterm birth rates (website)
- Americas Health Rankings® Women, infant, and child health rankings — Executive Summary (pdf)
- Americas Health Rankings® Women, infant, and child health rankings — Full Report (website)
- More US women plan on having kids than a decade ago (website)
- Doctors perform first mother-to-daughter womb transplants (website)
According to the Swedish university, a team of more than 10 surgeons transplanted uteruses into two women over the weekend "without complications." The surgeons had trained together for the procedure for several years.
- Moms' Mental Health Matters Publications (website)
From the US Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health
- Pre-pregnancy BMI May Affect Cerebral Palsy Risk in Offspring (website)
Slight increase in risk for overweight/obese woman, but overall odds remain low
- CDC: Number of women who breastfeed continues to rise (website)
Although more than 8 out of 10 babies in the United States are breastfed for some period of time, researchers say more should be done to encourage breastfeeding.
- Here's Why Experts Say You Shouldn't Wash Your Baby After Birth (website)
- Fertility Rates Drop to Lowest Level Measured in the US, Says the CDC (website)
The number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Half of U.S. Women Weigh Too Much Before Getting Pregnant (website)
CDC data from 2014 showed more than 25% of women were overweight and almost 25% were obese before becoming pregnant. The study found black, American Indian or Alaska Native women, along with those over age 40, were more likely to be obese.
- How moms flu shot protects baby (website)
In addition to protecting mothers during pregnancy, a flu shot administered during the first weeks of the third trimester may protect babies in the months before they can receive the vaccine themselves.
- Early-term births linked to higher risk of subsequent premature delivery (website)
If the first baby is early, the second will be too: Study says chances just as high for women who go into labor naturally as those who are induced.
- Vaccination in Pregnancy May Offer Protection for Preemies (website)
A combination vaccine offered to mothers from 28 weeks of gestation may offer protection for infants born prematurely, according to a study published online June 2 in Pediatrics.
- Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy (pdf)
46 States and the District of Columbia, 2014
- CDC reports record-low teen birth rate in the US in 2015 (website)
- USPSTF recommends folic acid to all childbearing-age women to curb birth defects (website)
- Idaho Perinatal Project Newsletter - May
- MotherToBaby Utah / Pregnancy Risk Line program (pdf)
- Vaccinating Pregnant Women Against The Flu Protects Their Infants (website)
- ACOG Committee Opinion on Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion (pdf)
- MOD Medicaid Expansion Issue Brief (pdf)
- Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review (website)
But if infant has a fever while first teeth break through gums, it most likely points to illness, doctors say
- Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report (website)
Smoking puts about 300,000 infants at risk each year, experts say
- Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDC (website)
Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
- WHO declares public health emergency (website)
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency Monday as it continues to investigate whether clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders are linked to the Zika virus.
- National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (website)
As part of February's National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, Idaho's secondary schools will receive a box with the campaign materials.
- Special Report: In the heart of U.S. opioid epidemic, help finds mother and baby (website)
This story has a chance of ending happily. But it begins last fall in a mangy downtown apartment as Katy Yeager, seven months pregnant, stares at a syringe and the crumpled foil that holds $40 worth of heroin.
- Your Guide to Cord Blood Banking (website)
- CDC: US infant mortality rate drops (website)
The rate of infant mortality in the US declined from 596.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013 to 582.1 in 2014, the country's lowest level ever, according to a report from the CDC.
- Children's type 2 diabetes risk tied to maternal diabetes, study finds (website)
- Idaho Oral Health Network Update – November 2015 (pdf)
- New resources for Infant Sleeping Safety
- Leading Medical, Children's and Women's Health Groups Applaud Passage of Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 (website)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the March of Dimes applaud today's passage of the bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 (S.799), which takes much-needed strides to reduce the number of newborns born exposed to drugs, such as opioids, and to improve their care.
- Mammography Rates Among Idaho Women Aged 50 to 74 (pdf)
Published by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
- Increase in Incidence of Congenital Syphilis - United States 2012-2014 (website)
Published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Administration of Nitrous Oxide in Labor: Expanding the Options for Women (pdf)
- Nitrous Oxide Use in the Intrapartum/Immediate Post-Partum Period (pdf)
- Nitrous Oxide For Analgesia (doc)
- Elective Inductions and Cesareans 2012-2114 (pdf)
By population density, district, payment source, BMI, state of delivery, ethnicity, and race (2012-2014). Data based on the singleton deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation, and are based on the obstetric estimate (OE) rather than the LMP-calculated gestation. The trend data were updated as well (2005-2014)
- Transition to the Obstetric Estimate for Measuring Gestational Age (pdf)
- Study examines lithium as treatment for bipolar disorder in children (website)
A study in Pediatrics showed almost 47% of children with bipolar disorder had "much improved" or "very much improved" symptoms eight weeks after taking a standard dose of lithium, which was gradually increased to the maximum dose if mood symptoms weren't controlled, compared with 21% of children on placebo. The findings, based on 81 patients ages 7 to 17, also revealed those on lithium had no significant weight gain and no serious drug-related side effects.
- Nurses' Critical Role in Preventing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths (website)
Did you know most infant sleep-related deaths are considered preventable? This is good news worth sharing! Because most babies are born in a hospital or birthing center, nurses are uniquely positioned to interact with virtually every new parent. This means nurses play a critical role in helping prevent these deaths.
- Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy (website)
Regular or long term use of opioids can lead to physical dependence and in some cases, addiction.
- NCHS 2014 Annual Report, Changes in Pre-term Birth Reporting (pdf)
Published by NCHS in June on the transition from using the LMP date and the birth date to calculate length of gestation to using the obstetric estimate (OE) for the length of gestation.
- Birthing, Bonding and Breastfeeding Store (website)
Visit the store for a current list of badge buddies, posters, and lactation teaching tools.
- Child Restraint Basics (pdf)
Download, print, and display this poster showing essential information about child safety seats.
- State Loan Repayment Program (pdfs)
Idaho's State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has been extended to include RNs and LCSWs.
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- New guidelines for hospital discharge of newborns (website)
The new AAP guidelines aim to ensure that both baby and mother are ready to go home based on their unique situation.
- Higher altitude associated with increased risk of SIDS
- Shaken Baby Syndrome Informational Videos (website)
- Title V MCH Services Block Grant Needs Assessment in Region X (pdf)
The spring issue of the Northwest Bulletin.
- Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance (website)
- A Roadmap for Hospitals (pdf)
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care
- LGBT Field Guide (pdf)
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care
- Our Gender Revolution Campaign (website)
The campaign has both a middle school and a high school campaign, with different posters and brochures for each.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Public Awareness Campaign (website)
- Newborn screening bill clears Congress
- Podcast Series Focuses on Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth Health (pdf)
- New Progesterone Flyer from the March of Dimes (website)
This flyer encourages women who have had a premature birth to speak with their doctor regarding the use of progesterone (17P) to increase the chances of having a full term baby in their next pregnancy.
- FDA approval for new HPV vaccine (website)
Gardasil 9 has potential to prevent approximately 90% of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers. The vaccine is approved for females ages 9-26 and males 9-15.
- National Perinatal Association Releases 2015 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention Guidelines (pdf)
New evidence-based guidelines for the prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) for high-risk infants in the U.S. have now been published and appear in the November 2014 issue of Neonatology Today.
- Activity Restriction in Pregnancy (pdf)
Bed rest or activity restriction can have different meanings and different degrees of limitations.
- More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports (website)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children
- State Board of Midwifery — Proposed Laws and Rules (website)
- Eight new or updated 2-page Cancer Fact Sheets (website)
- "Let's Talk About It" Video series (website)
Living Beyond Breast Cancer, (LBBC), Young Women's Initiative, "Developing Support and Evaluation Awareness for Young Breast Cancer Survivors" recently launched two new videos
- Healthy Babies Healthy Business (website)
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs calls on Congress to maintain funding for several programs
- Online Breast Cancer Education Toolkit (website)
- Report looks at stillbirths, newborn deaths worldwide (website)
- Text 4 Baby
- It's Only Natural (website)
This website equips new moms with practical information that encourages them to make the choice to breastfeed.
- Planned Home Birth and Recommendations (Pediatrics May 2013 website)
- Idaho Immunization Coalition (website)
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Perry Brown — 2016 Year in Review of Pediatrics
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Dr. John Lantos — Bioethics
|Idaho Perinatal Project 2017 Winter Conference
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