A Call to Keep More Moms and Babies Safe

A mother’s plea for improvement after the loss of her daughter

Preeclampsia, a dangerous disorder where a mother’s blood pressure spikes during pregnancy, is one of the leading causes of maternal and infant illness and death. According to the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), it has increased 25 percent in recent decades.

Interrupting the Mother-Child Dyad is Not the Answer to Infant Safety


Over the past decade, hospitals across the country have increasingly moved away from the traditional use of nurseries for healthy newborn infants, choosing instead for babies to “room-in” with mothers so that they are kept together throughout their hospitalization.

Among many health benefits to both mom and baby, rooming-in supports mother-child bonding, encourages skin-to-skin contact—which can help soothe babies and support breastfeeding—increases exclusive breastfeeding rates.

Influenza (flu) season is heightened during the fall and winter, and Americans experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in four decades last year. The flu is highly contagious and causes an array of symptoms such as mild to severe fever, body aches, and chest or head congestion.


As a preventative measure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.  Learn more about the benefits of the flu vaccination and how you can protect you and your family from the flu virus on the CDC Prevent Seasonal Flu website. 

The Village Parenting Group workshops are held every Thursday from 10:00am-11:30am at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. The Minority Behavioral Health Group, Mount Calvary Baptist Church Nurses Health Initiative and

Hope 7 are sponsoring the sessions from


This parenting support group takes a holistic and culturally specific approach to parenting.  Childcare, lunch and incentives will be provided!!

Born and raised in Akron, State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes was elected to represent her hometown (OH-34) in November 2014. Two years later, Rep. Sykes was elected by her colleagues to serve in leadership as the Minority Whip. With a strong sense of responsibility for the well-being of those that she serves, Rep. Sykes has tackled the challenges of her district with unmatched passion and dedication.


Rep. Sykes attended Kent State University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She later attended the University of Florida, where she earned a Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Family Law from the Levin College of Law and a Masters of Public Health from the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Two new issue briefs, co-authored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and NICHQ, share key findings on leveraging family engagement and demonstrating economic impact in maternal and child health improvement initiatives.

Both issue briefs are a result of a commitment to spread learnings from the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality.


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