Maternity Care & Infant Feeding in Indian Country
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Compliance with the WHO Code
This one day conference highlighted the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country, and focused on promoting breastfeeding at birth through achieving Baby-Friendly hospital designation. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees who made this conference such a great success!
Check out this article on the W. K. Kellogg website about this conference!
Seeing the opportunity and great need for collaboration among hospitals and community organizations serving Native Americans and Alaska Natives nationwide, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation partnered with the BMC Breastfeeding Center to convene the first Maternity Care and Infant Feeding in Indian Country Conference in Albuquerque in 2014. More than 150 people attended, including physicians, nurses and community organizations, from 20 different tribes all over the country.
For many groups, it was an emotional and inspirational experience. Several centers had been working in relative isolation and the ability to share stories and challenges of breastfeeding efforts in native communities provided a sense of solidarity.
Merewood sees the tremendous gains that the Native American communities have made as a motivation for others.
“They have triumphed with less funding, more overburdened systems and significantly impoverished communities,” she said. “Honestly, if the Indian and tribal hospitals can do it, then anyone can and should do it.”
Interested in conference details? Check out our Conference Report! It includes conference details, attendee statistics, conference overview and highlights, and the conference evaluation report.
Below you will find links to some conference presentations (courtesy of IHS Tele-Behavioral Health Center for Excellence):
Baby Friendly Indian Country: The New Standard of Care - Anne Merewood & Keynote: Talk the Beauty and Walk the Beauty - Gayle Dine’Chacon
Note: There are some technical difficulties with audio in this first recording!
Panel: Strategies for Baby-Friendly Hospital Success - Jeanette Yazzie (moderator), Antoinette Kleiner, Jenna Meyer, and Carrie Rigsby
Empowering Staff to Embrace Change - Antoinette Kleiner
Breastfeeding in Potawatomi Country: The Wisdom of Gokmesnanek - Bethany Moody
Panel: Community Involvement Strategies - Neva Kayaani (moderator), Janise Biakeddy, Amanda Singer, Carol Williamson, and Mona Owaleon & Beyond the Baby-Friendly Hopsital: Scaling up and Baby-Friendly Communities - Rafael Perez-Escamilla
Conference Speaker Highlights