Maternal health crisis in New Mexico: services shrink, risks grow.

April 14, 2023

“Work with them, reach out to them, engage with them.” said Monica Esparza, executive director of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. “Until we start doing that together, I don’t know that we are going to be able to see better outcomes.” Continue Reading Here

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Letdown Podcast: New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force – Monica Esparza & Siboney Rodriguez #9

February 3, 2023

Today we sit down with the New Mexico Breastfeeding task force and discuss the wide range of care and support they provide for breastfeeding mothers, hospitals, clinics, employers and the wider community. My guests are executive director Monica Esparza and core team leader Siboney Rodriguez. Check out the website and register for the Annual Conference in March 2023. Facebook: Letdown Podcast email address: Link to the episode: Link to Letdown podcast on Youtube: Link to Letdown podcast Spotify:

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Lactation Story 2022

November 29, 2022

”I was in active labor when I arrived at the hospital in El Paso, TX from Las Cruces, NM. I delivered naturally not too long after and remember holding my baby on my chest. He was perfect.”

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NMBTF Statement on Reproductive Justice

June 27, 2022
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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Week of Action

April 29, 2021

This Mother’s Day, organizations, leaders, mothers, and those who love them are taking action to urge Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act through a week of action that raises awareness of the discrimination that thousands of pregnant workers continue to face on the job every year. Click here to learn more. Week of April 26-30: Promo for Week of Action Monday, May 3rd: Announcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Week of Action Tuesday, May 4th: Join the Twitter Rally at 11am PT / 2pm ET Wednesday, May 5th: Elevate the voice of pregnant workers Thursday, May 6th: Day…

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Celebrating Senate Bill 96 & Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Proclamation Highlighting Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)

April 21, 2021

  Protecting Black women and people is an act of justice that is centuries overdue. Harmful health outcomes, police brutality, misogynoir, and laws that disproportionately target and separate Black families from one another are a few examples of why this protection is needed. These examples do not only impact Black and Indigenous families, but they impact us in ways that have been intentionally unceasing in purpose and practice, for centuries. The system is not broken it was built this way. So, what now?  In 2021 New Mexico is looking a little bit different than it has in the past. SB96 which…

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Black Maternal Health Week 2021

April 12, 2021

Join us for Black Maternal Health Week 2021! Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, it is an intentional week of awareness, activism, and community building. See below for local Black Maternal Health Week events!

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Have You Taken Our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey?

March 19, 2021

Please take our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey Have you given birth in the last year? Do you know anyone who has? Please share our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey with them! The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is entirely confidential. Simply add your name to this form and our partners will email you a link to the confidential survey. Your input is invaluable in advancing maternal mental health research! Sign up for the survey HERE

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New Mexico recognized as one of 9 states with highest babies born in baby-friendly designated hospitals in 2020

March 1, 2021

According to the CDC, New Mexico is among the top states with a higher percentage of live births at Baby Friendly facilities as named by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 2020.   HUGE shout out to all of the advocates who have worked hard to improve outcomes for New Mexico families!   Check out all the other states and trends here:

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Maternal and Infant Outcomes Associated with Maternity Practices Related to COVID-19: The COVID Mothers Study

February 16, 2021

Abstract Background: Maternity care practices such as skin-to-skin care, rooming-in, and direct breastfeeding are recommended, but it is unclear if these practices increase the risk of clinically significant COVID-19 in newborns, and if disruption of these practices adversely affects breastfeeding. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 357 mothers and their infants <12 months who had confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Subjects came from an anonymous worldwide online survey between May 4 and September 30, 2020, who were recruited through social media, support groups, and health care providers. Using multivariable logistic regression, Fisher’s exact test, and summary statistics, we assessed the association…

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