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Maternal and Child Health Coalition

The Maternal and Child Health Coalition is a group of individuals and community organizations dedicated to advocating for improved health services for women and children in New Orleans. The coalition was formed in 2017 after publication of the MAC report on the Health of Women and Girls in Louisiana: Racial Disparities in Adverse Birth Outcomes. Due to the dire statistics concerning birth outcomes, particularly for women of color, in the New Orleans community, the coalition is requesting that the City Council and Mayor’s Office re-establish an office of maternal and child health within city government to monitor this crisis and implement interventions to improve how women give birth in this city. Contact us for more information or to join the coalition.

Paid Family Leave Louisiana

Two out of every three women in Louisiana who are employed during their pregnancy do not have any paid leave after giving birth. A coalition of advocates, community members and organizational representatives are working to advance paid family leave legislation in Louisiana and nationwide in order to lessen financial stress, promote health and lower health care costs for women, children, and families.

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Training Program

The Maternal and Child Health/Epidemiology (MCH/Epi) doctoral training program provides trainee stipends to selected MCH/Epi doctoral students. This program is a close collaboration among MAC, the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB), and the Epidemiology Department, as well as the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Family Bureau of Health, Title V Program, with research priorities that address the maternal and child health needs of Louisiana. Trainees funded through this program receive mentoring and an interdisciplinary collaborative curriculum, drawing on the strengths of several programs, that provide the skills necessary to become leaders in the field of MCH/ Epi.

Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project

In partnership with local breastfeeding coalitions across the state, the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition (LBC) is working to create supportive environments for breastfeeding mothers and employees through the Breastfeeding Welcome Here project.

The purpose of this project is to create and highlight breastfeeding-friendly establishments for mothers and their families and to provide support (time and space) for the employees of those establishments. This project will help to provide comfortable, shame-free areas such as shopping venues, libraries, and restaurants, so nursing mothers will be able to have the freedom to be away from home longer and support businesses in their communities.

The Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition invites businesses throughout the state to sign a pledge. By signing the pledge, the business agrees to:

  • Provide a comfortable, supportive environment for mothers to nurse in their establishment.
  • Ensure that all staff members are aware of the project.
  • Display the Breastfeeding Welcome Here signage in a highly visible place.
  • Provide lactation accommodations (time and space other than a restroom) for their employees.

MAC has assisted the Breastfeeding Welcome Here project in reaching out to businesses in the New Orleans area. Click here to see a list of all the businesses who have signed the pledge.

If you would like more information about the Breastfeeding Welcome Here project or are interested in supporting breastfeeding in your business, please email workplacebreastfeeding@gmail.com.

Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program

The aims of the Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program are to inform employers in New Orleans about the federal law that supports breastfeeding employees, to assist employers in complying with the law by providing them with information and tools to establish workplace lactation programs, and to designates businesses as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces and Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champions.

MAC partners with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition to provide business owners with examples of how other similar businesses have complied with the law in terms of a lactation space and policy on break time, materials and equipment to put into a lactation space or referrals for where to get equipment, and guidance on how to market and easily evaluate a lactation program.

For more information please visit http://www.louisianabreastfeeding.org/bfw/ or contact Caitrin Alb & Marci Brewer-Asling with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition at workplacebreastfeeding@gmail.com

The Tulane Breastfeeding Program

The Tulane Breastfeeding Program is a campus-wide initiative to protect, promote and support students, staff, and faculty mothers who breastfeed. Read more Tulane Breastfeeding Program here.