November 2022 Newsletter

Prematurity and Tobacco Awareness Month

Smoking cessation is an important part of prenatal care. Smoking is linked to many different poor reproductive outcomes for both mother and baby. Smoking cessation decreases the likelihood of preterm births, low birthweight, birth defects, fertility issues, and pregnancy complications. The best time to quit smoking is before pregnancy, but quitting at any time during pregnancy has positive, lasting effects.

The DHHS Tobacco Free Nebraska program provides resources for practitioners and patients. Practitioners can request educational resources or access the web referral form on the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline website. People looking to quit can call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) to receive free counseling services and to qualify for a free supply of nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges. Spanish speakers can call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA. Web-based coaching is available on the QuitNow website.

It's Data Time!

Don't forget to enter breastfeeding and NTSV data for July-September in RedCap.

For those participating in the AIM Severe Hypertension Safety Bundle, please enter Quarter 3 data into the AIM portal

Grants to Focus on Improving Maternal Child Health Outcomes in Nebraska 

The Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, was awarded a five-year $1.375 million Center for Disease Control and Prevention grant to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in Nebraska. 

Multiple recent government studies show that many of the poor outcomes in the perinatal period are worse in African American and Native American populations.To address these issues, the CDC grant awarded to the NPQIC will support a collaboration with I Be Black Girl (IBBG), a support organization for Black mothers and women, and fund a trial integration of culturally matched doula support in high-risk pregnancies.

In addition to the CDC grant, United Health Care of Nebraska has given a one-year grant to supplement the work around culturally matched doula support. At this point, doulas are not covered by state insurance, and only some private insurance will cover this cost.

View the full press release here

Nebraska AWHONN to Host Winter Webinar Series

Nebraska AWHONN is hosting a Winter Webinar Series: Saving a Life, Remembering a Life

This webinar series will focus on care of complex fetal diagnoses, prevention of pregnancy loss, support of perinatal loss families, and caring for the caregiver 

  • FREE for AWHONN Members, $5 for Non-Members
  • 1.0 CE provided per webinar
  • Must register for each webinar individually to obtain a total of 5 CE’s

Part 1: November 10th, 12-1 pm
Grief & Trauma with Jolie Vega, PLMHP

Register here

Part 2: December 8th, 12-1 pm
Prevention of the Stillborn with Count the Kicks

Register here

Part 3: January 12th, 12-1 pm
Perinatal Palliative Care with Dr. Patrick Lloyd 

Register here

Part 4: February 9th, 12-1 pm
Perinatal Bereavement Resources with Sarah Copple, MSN, RNC-MNN, C-ONQS & Local Resources with Connected Forever + No Footprint Too Small

Register here

Part 5: March 9th, 12-1 pm
Perinatal Disorders: Support of the Patient & Staff with Emily Goodman, LIMHP, LADC, PMH-C with Nebraska’s Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Register here

For more information please contact NE AWHONN Co-Chairs Samantha Kenning or Marisa Schaffer.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Presentation by Dr. Karen Carlson, MD

Olson Center for Women's Health & UNMC College of Nursing Presents
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 12 - 1 pm CDT

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the physiology of menses and abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB)
  • Describe the evaluation process for AUB in determining the etiology
  • Articulate various treatment options for AUB, including medical and surgical management

Native American Heritage Month

Did you know that November is Native American Heritage Month!

Learn about the contributions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the North American continent Image result for native american heritage monthby exploring the history of some groups within the over 5 million people who identify as American Indian in the United States. Do you know who made up the first civilizations on the North American continent? Check out all the amazing historical information on their main website HERE

NE Tele-Lactation Services

Mothers throughout the state have access to tele-lactation consultation from various organizations. For more information, click on links below:

Education by our Partners

Olson Center for Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Lecture
What to Know About Coughing in Women:
Jayme Dowdall, MD, UNMC Dept of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Tuesday, 11/15/2022: 12-1pm Children's Hospital and Medical Center Project ECHO: Newborn Care Series
Thursday 11/17, 12/15, 1/19; 12-1 pm (CST) 
Live Online, Free
Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE)
Check events calendar for events.

CHI Health Perinatal Outreach
Check website for dates of classes
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • ALSO
  • Emergent Delivery Course
Methodist Women's
Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program

Nebraska Methodist College
Check website for dates of classes

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