West Virginia Perinatal Partnership - 2008
a project of the
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
and
West Virginia Community Voices
funded by the
 
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

 

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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    IF YOU ARE A WEST VIRGINIA PROVIDER OF PERINATAL HEALTH CARE AT ANY LEVEL, WE NEED YOUR HELP.  PLEASE TELL WHICH GOAL OR GOALS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US PURSUE, AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE.

Develop a statewide perinatal system 
Increase the number of obstetrical providers        
Encourage oral health care in pregnancy              
Seek alternatives to costly medical procedures    
Develop a standard approach to identify and treat 
drug-addicted pregnant women
Encourage worksite wellness for expectant 
mothers
Support and promote breastfeeding                   

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PERINATAL WELLNESS PARTNERSHIP GOALS FOR 2007

Develop a statewide perinatal system. Using technology, standard practices of care and collaborative agreements among health care providers, high quality perinatal care can be available to all high risk pregnant women and new born infants regardless of where they live in West Virginia.

Increase the number of obstetrical providers.  The Perinatal Advisory will identify financial incentives to support obstetrical providers and nurse-midwives in shortage areas of the state.

•  Encourage oral health care in pregnancy.   Because we now know that a pregnant woman’s oral infections can have an effect on her baby’s health, both Medicaid and privately insured pregnant women will be encouraged to seek and receive dental care during pregnancy.

•  Seek alternatives to costly medical procedures.  Obstetrical health providers will study costly medical procedures and provide information about alternative procedures that are less costly and protect the health of mothers and babies.

•  Develop a standard approach to identify and treat drug-addicted pregnant women. Our Perinatal Wellness Study raised concerns that the state’s neonatal intensive care beds (NICU) are overflowing. Many medical providers believe this is related to the increasing number of drug addicted newborn infants. The Partnership will review legal and medical guidelines for identification of a statewide approach to testing and treating drug addiction in pregnant women.

•  Encourage worksite wellness.  Established worksite wellness programs will be encouraged to include education and support for expectant mothers.

•  Support and promote breastfeeding.  The partnership will work to increase the number of lactation consultants that work in West Virginia hospitals.

 

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