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Infant Mortality Collaborative Effort

ADPH is working on a collaborative effort, the Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC), to lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health in Alabama. The March of Dimes has funded the PEACE-P smart phone app that provides obstetric providers with easy access to APEC guidelines at the point of care.

Regional Perinatal Advisory Council (RPAC) News and Events

For meeting dates and information from individual regions, visit Regions and Directors and choose the region you are interested in.

Health Observances and Events

Date

Observance/Event

January

Birth Defects Prevention Month
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Birth Defects Prevention Month (NBDPM) provide important information about preventing birth defects. For more information, visit the March of Dimes and NBDPN.

January
6-12

National Folic Acid Awareness Week
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Visit the National Council on Folic Acid to learn more about why folic acid is so important.

February

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Approximately one in four pregnant women carry Group B strep (GBS), the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns according to the CDC. GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life. To learn more about what you can do to prevent prenatal infection, please visit Group B Strep International.

March 8

Baby Palooza in Montgomery
RSA Alabama Activity Center
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Free admission
Valuable information, vendors with helpful gifts and prizes.
Brochure available for free download
Important exhibitor information

April

March for Babies Walks
This annual event supports community programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. It also funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies. Visit the March of Dimes to find an event and join or start a team.

May 13-19

National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week. For more information on preventing birth defects before and during pregnancy, visit Preventing Birth Defects During and Before Pregnancy.

July

International Group B Streptococcus Awareness Month
Group B streptococcus is the leading cause of meningitis and blood infection in newborns. In regions where awareness and prevention efforts have been implemented, infant deaths from GBS have decreased as much as 70%. To learn about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects, visit Group B Strep International.

September

Infant Mortality Awareness Month
During September, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) along with several organizations seek to promote the effectiveness of programs and efforts to reduce infant deaths, low-birth weight, pre-term births and disparities in perinatal outcomes by raising awareness about infant mortality in the U.S. Learn more about the Office of Minority Health's A Healthy Baby Begins with Two! - Minority Fathers Fight Infant Mortality Campaign.

October 15

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
A day to promote awareness, education, and support for grieving parents and loved ones nationwide and worldwide. Visit Remembering Our Babies for support and educational resources.

October 24

The 19th Annual Alabama Perinatal Conference
Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Perinatal Care:
Translating Recommendations into Action
UAB National Alumni Society House
1301 10th Avenue South
Birmingham
For more information, check out the brochure and registration form.

October 26

Walk to Remember
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A candlelighting service followed by a short walk to the Little Ones Memory Garden.  The Walk is open to families who have experienced an infant loss, including miscarriage, and their families, friends, and those who work in the area of support.  For more detailed information email Susanne Lambert.

November

Prematurity Awareness Month
The March of Dimes national Prematurity Campaign seeks to address the increasing rate of prematurity by raising awareness and funding more research to identify the causes of premature birth.

November 14 

Alabama Department of Public Health Prematurity Summit
presented in collaboration with the March of Dimes
Embassy Suites Hotel
300 Tallapoosa Street
Montgomery
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Brochure and registration information available now.
Online registration is now open.