5141.1 Improving Infant Health: Enhancing Prenatal/Preconceptional Behaviors, Policies and Systems

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Infant outcomes will only be improved if mortality and morbidity issues are addressed from a socio-ecological framework. All levels, from individual knowledge and health-seeking behaviors, to health system upgrades, to changes in policies, need to be addressed. Additionally, the relationships between behaviors, policies, and systems with adverse birth outcomes continue to need to be assessed. This session will examine the relationships between maternal self-reported health status and adverse birth outcomes, as well as inadequate gestational weight gain and infant death; the effect of hospital-based policies on the reduction of early elective deliveries; and the effects of smoke free laws on preterm birth.
Session Objectives: 1) Describe the relationship between individual health behaviors/status and adverse birth outcomes, including preterm birth, low birthweight, and infant death; 2) Explain how hospital-based and legislative policies can affect preterm birth.
Judith R. Katzburg, PhD, MPH, RN , Kee Chan, PhD , Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD, MPH, MSW and Janine Lewis, MPH
Judith R. Katzburg, PhD, MPH, RN

Welcoming Remarks
Association between maternal self-rated health and infant birth outcomes
Daniel Teoli, Keith Zullig, MSPH, PhD and Michael Hendryx, PhD
Combined Effects of Pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index and Weight Gain During Pregnancy on the Risk of Infant Death
Regina Davis, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Sandra Hofferth, PhD and Edmond D. Shenassa, ScD
Lessons Learned from the Florida Big 5 Hospitals Efforts to Eliminate Non-medically Indicated Deliveries <39 Weeks Gestation
Linda A. Detman, PhD, Lori Reeves, MPH, William M. Sappenfield, MD MPH and John S. Curran, MD
Examining the Impact of Smokefree Laws on Preterm Birth
Kristin Ashford, PhD, APRN, Joyce Robl, EdD(c), MS, CGC, Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP and Andrea McCubbin, BA
Concluding Remarks

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)