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Health Matters for Women

March 2019

New from CDC

CDC Researchers Report on Trends in Hospital Breastfeeding Policies
A new study from CDC showed modest improvement in optimal hospital breastfeeding policy from 2009 to 2015, with more than 2 times as many hospitals having a model breastfeeding policy and increases in early initiation of breastfeeding and limitation of non-breast milk feeds of breastfed infants. While more hospitals in the United States are implementing model breastfeeding policies and not receiving free infant formula, the majority do not adhere to these practices. Hospitals may consider reviewing their policies around infant feeding to improve care for new mothers.

Risk Factors for Congenital Syphilis Transmitted from Mother to Infant — Suzhou, China, 2011–2014
In China, the incidence of congenital syphilis increased nearly 26-fold from 2000 to 2013. In a cohort of mothers with recently diagnosed syphilis, migrant women and those who received a diagnosis at >36 gestational weeks were approximately five times and 25 times more likely, respectively, to deliver an infected baby than were nonmigrant women and those who received a diagnosis earlier in pregnancy. Every twofold increase of maternal nontreponemal or treponemal antibody titers doubled the odds of delivering an infected infant.

Use of Electronic Vapor Products Before, During, and After Pregnancy Among Women with a Recent Live Birth — Oklahoma and Texas, 2015
Most electronic vapor products (EVPs) contain nicotine, a developmental toxicant, and other harmful additives. In 2015, 7.0% of women with a recent live birth in Oklahoma and Texas reported using EVPs shortly before, during, or after pregnancy, with 1.4% reporting use during pregnancy. Among prenatal EVP users, 38.4% reported using EVPs containing nicotine, and 26.4% did not know if the EVPs they used contained nicotine.

CDC Funding

Implementing Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Tourette Syndrome (TS) (RFA-DD19-1904)

Conferences and Learning Opportunities

Native Women and Men's Wellness and Diabetes Prevention Conference, April 22-25, 2019

Asian Women for Health, May 10, 2019


Percentage of women using EVPs and cigarettes before and during pregnancy

FIGURE 1. Percentage of women using electronic vapor products (EVPs) and cigarettes 3 months before pregnancy, during the last 3 months of pregnancy, or 2–6 months after delivery, among women with a recent live birth who smoked cigarettes in the last 2 years and ever used EVPs (N = 518) — Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Oklahoma and Texas, 2015

Federal Agency News

FDA Warns Thermography Should Not Be Used in Place of Mammography to Detect, Diagnose, or Screen for Breast Cancer

FDA Advances Landmark Policy Changes to Modernize Mammography Services and Improve Their Quality

Robotically Assisted Surgical Devices for Mastectomy and Other Cancer Related Surgery (FDA)

FDA Approves First Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Bench-to-bedside: NIMH Research Leads to Brexanolone, First-ever Drug Specifically for Postpartum Depression

Light Physical Activity Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Older Women (NIH)

Rate of Life-threatening Childbirth Complications Increasing Sharply across U.S. Racial, Ethnic Groups (NIH)

Women’s History Month: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Envisioning the Future (Department of Labor)

Women's History Month, March 2019 (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Preventing HIV: We All Have a Role to Play (HHS Office of Women’s Health)

National, State and Local News

Governor Cuomo Receives Report by New York State Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes (NY)


IOC and UN Women Celebrate Women and Girls’ Empowerment through Sport