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A movement to increase the number of healthy births by providing insight, support and inspiration. Watch the videos, share the stories and help to make a difference in the lives of women, mothers and children everywhere.
Women 2 Women 4 Healthy Babies (W2W4HB) is an educational resource for women and their partners who are considering pregnancy, who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth. W2W4HB is a video series of over 100 women sharing personal insights and experiences regarding what led to their healthy birth outcomes — including prenatal care, breastfeeding, the father's involvement, avoiding tobacco exposure, stress relief, safe sleep practices and more.
In Milwaukee, we face a critical challenge — to improve babies' chances of reaching their first birthdays. For every 1,000 births, over 10 infants died before their first birthday. Within these statistics, there is also a startling racial disparity. African American infants are 2.6 times more likely to die than Caucasian infants.This is where W2W4HB comes into play. The campaign is part of a city initiative to reduce the overall infant mortality rate (IMR) by at least 10% before 2017. At the same time, we are aiming to reduce the African-American infant mortality rate by at least 15%.
A new W2W4HB video will be available every week. You can also follow or like any of the Women 2 Women social media sites simply by clicking one of the icons. To receive weekly updates and videos, join our mailing list. Please do your part in getting these important messages more exposure within the community.
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The UW-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health conducts rigorous public health research and scholarship; educates the current and future public health workforce; and influences the development of strategies and policies that promote health among diverse populations. For more information visit www4.uwm.edu/publichealth/
The City of Milwaukee Health Department is in the forefront of public health in the country and strives to meet the changing needs of our community. For health information and guidelines regarding healthy birth outcomes visit http://city.milwaukee.gov/health
General Infant Mortality: http://city.milwaukee.gov/Infant-Mortality
Pregnancy Health & Nutrition: http://city.milwaukee.gov/pregnancynutrition
Prenatal Care: http://city.milwaukee.gov/prenatalcare
Safe Sleep: http://city.milwaukee.gov/Cribs-for-Kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in the city. Everyday, thousands of Milwaukee's most disadvantaged youth stream through our doors and meet positive role models, feel safe and secure and participate in life-changing programming. For more information visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org
Jump at the Sun, LLC was established to provide culturally relevant technical support for collaboration and enable people in ethnic communities to live healthier and better lives. Their commitment is to help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. For more information visit www.jumpatthesunllc.com
The Strong Baby campaign is Milwaukee’s most recognized public health marketing campaign. The Milwaukee Health Department supports the campaign’s initiative to raise awareness about topics like immunizations, breast feeding and smoking cessation as a way to encourage healthy birth outcomes. www.iwantastrongbaby.com/