Partnering Up for Change: The American Academy of Pediatrics Joins the Million Moms Challenge

By Mandana Mofidi

Oct 18, 2011 8:26pm

The Million Moms Challenge family is growing!

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – an organization of 60,000 pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults – announced its partnership with the Million Moms Challenge.

“This is an exciting opportunity to help connect people and programs with the moms and children who can most benefit from their help and support,” said AAP President Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP. “The Academy is committed to supporting the Million Moms Challenge.”

AAP projects include helping to expand the Text4Baby health messaging program by signing up a million women this coming year, to preventing newborn asphyxia with the AAP’s Helping Babies Breathe resuscitation program.

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a training program set in developing countries that teaches birth attendants the essential skills necessary to resuscitate newborns.  The World Health Organization estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia.

As a new addition to the Million Moms Challenge family, AAP will focus our goals to provide the right nutrition for healthy pregnancies; training healthcare workers to assist in safe deliveries and helping to provide access to vaccines to allow children to survive and thrive.

Take Action: You don’t have to be a mom to help a mom; you just have to be one in a million. For more information about the Million Moms Challenge, visit www.millionmomschallenge.com. To get involved in the conversation about healthy moms and babies around the world, follow @AMillionMoms on Twitter and use the hash-tag #MillionMomsChallenge.  You can also like Million Moms on Facebook at facebook.com/millionmomschallenge.

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