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Hearing on NYC’s high maternal mortality rates for women of color

Join Women’s eNews and raise your voice for  women in New York at the Committee on Health hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY examining the issues raised by New York City’s high maternal mortality rates.

Rita Henley Jensen, our editor in chief, will be presenting her testimonial based on Women’s eNews’ findings on the specific maternal mortality risks for women of color in New York.  We invite you to join Rita and tell your story on the day. Your testimonial should address preconception care and maternal health outcomes, including disparate outcomes for New York’s women of color, immigrant women and uninsured women. You testimony must be under five-minutes.

If you plan to present your testimony on the day, please bring twenty(20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.  Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification and allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.

If you cannot attend the public hearing you may submit your testimony to Crystal Pond to be placed on the record at cpond@council.nyc.gov.

Read our most recent coverage of Black maternal health issues in America today at: http://womensenews.org/story/black-maternal-health/130831/healthy-births-healthy-moms-black-maternal-health-in-america and our intense examination of the underlying causes of maternal mortality rates among would of color at: http://womensenews.org/story/110516/high-death-rate-new-yorks-black-moms-analyzed.

Forward this invitation onto community groups and colleagues who should be present and heard. You may RSVP at cpond@council.nyc.gov and please copy us at charlotte@womensenews.org.

Ding Ding Ding How many sleazy sexist things are actually law in New York?!!!

Could New York Be Preparing for Another Rise in Maternal Deaths?

Two women in labor in August died at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the borough with New York’s highest maternal mortality rate.

So why did the city decide to close thenationally recognized maternity center at the North Central Bronx Hospital and send pregnant women 50 minutes away to Jacobi instead

The Bronx—according to Census data—has the highest maternal mortality rate in New York City with a rate of 34 deaths for every 100,000 live births.

Read on: http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/131004/closure-bronx-maternity-ward-stirs-activist-ire

Pelosi Calls for Public’s Action in Immigration Reform

 
Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said at a Oct. 4 women’s conference in New York City that she supported the federal immigration reform law in part because of the impact immigration laws have on women.  She encouraged the audience to participate in local rallies over the weekend and the national rally for immigration reform on Oct. 8.
The anti-immigrant laws resulted in many immigrant women struggling between supporting their family and raising their children and left them more vulnerable to domestic violence and deportation. 
Pelosi was joined by House members Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). The representatives also called for support for the Equal Rights Amendment, the Pay Equity Act, the New York State Family Leave Insurance Bill and the Family and Medical Leave Act. 
By Darina Naidu
“I’m a girl. I’m funny, playful, daring, strong, curious, smart, brave, healthy, friendly and caring,” one ad, featuring DeVoray Wigfall, a robust, laughing 12-year-old from University Heights in the Bronx, says. The ads show girls of different races and sizes, some playing sports and one in a wheelchair. Each one ends with the campaign’s overall slogan: “I’m beautiful the way I am.” Read on http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/nyregion/city-unveils-a-campaign-to-improve-girls-self-esteem.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1&

“I’m a girl. I’m funny, playful, daring, strong, curious, smart, brave, healthy, friendly and caring,” one ad, featuring DeVoray Wigfall, a robust, laughing 12-year-old from University Heights in the Bronx, says. The ads show girls of different races and sizes, some playing sports and one in a wheelchair. Each one ends with the campaign’s overall slogan: “I’m beautiful the way I am.” Read on http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/nyregion/city-unveils-a-campaign-to-improve-girls-self-esteem.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1&

Shinso Ito, one of the highest ranking female Buddhist leaders, stirred feelings of peace and change in our editor Rita Henley Jensen. Leading her to connect her experiences of domestic violence to the violence of all women and the need to bring peace to women worldwide.  

Shinso Ito, one of the highest ranking female Buddhist leaders, stirred feelings of peace and change in our editor Rita Henley Jensen. Leading her to connect her experiences of domestic violence to the violence of all women and the need to bring peace to women worldwide.  

How do you breath new life into a suffragist-founded women’s group in New York? Taina Bien-Aime!
In June, under the leadership of Taina Bien-Aime, who took over as executive director in 2012, the Women’s City Club of New York returned to its earliest core mission: the welfare of women and children.
Read on: http://womensenews.org/story/sexual-harassment/130912/nyc-womens-club-embraces-seasonal-workers-case

How do you breath new life into a suffragist-founded women’s group in New York? Taina Bien-Aime!

In June, under the leadership of Taina Bien-Aime, who took over as executive director in 2012, the Women’s City Club of New York returned to its earliest core mission: the welfare of women and children.

Read on: http://womensenews.org/story/sexual-harassment/130912/nyc-womens-club-embraces-seasonal-workers-case

Moms in New York Need More Breastfeeding Support

New York hospitals provide formula to supplement breastfeeding at a rate that puts them among the highest in the nation. The city’s Latch On NYC initiative is an attempt to change that.

With formula supplements ranging so widely in the city, the state had the second highest percentage—33.2 percent—of breastfed infants receiving formula before turning 2 days old in the nation. Only New Jersey had a higher ranking, at 38 percent, according to the CDC’s 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card.

But that’s changing. While Latch On NYC was underway last year, New York’s supplementation rate dropped to 29.7 percent of infants under 2 days old getting formula and New Jersey’s rate dropped to 35.5 percent, according to the CDC’s 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card. Georgia is now in the No. 2 spot at 34.4 percent.

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