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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation: Exploring new evidence--Proceedings of a workshop [prepublication copy--uncorreted proofs]. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 190 pp. (brief 9 pp.).

Annotation: This publication summarizes presentations and discussions from a two-day workshop held in January 2020. Topics include macronutrient requirements; one-carbon metabolism micronutrients; iron, vitamin D, calcium, antioxidants, and iodine; dietary supplements; new developments and emerging topics; implications for maternal and infant health of maternal intakes and nutritional status during lactation; maternal nutrient intake and early-life programming; and the role of systems and policies in providing solutions to nutrition access and equity during pregnancy and lactation.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Infant nutrition, Lactation, Maternal nutrition, Pregnancy, Prenatal nutrition

Davenport N. 2020. Tailoring nutrition services: Development of a cultural toolkit for Iowa WIC staff. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa WIC Program, 4 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet describes a toolkit developed by the Iowa WIC program to increase WIC staff knowledge of the cultural traditions of WIC clientele. The toolkit includes information to help WIC counselors recognize the food-related practices and beliefs of different cultures. It also provides suggestions for adapting counseling methods based on traditional communication styles and interpersonal behaviors, such as body language, vocal volume, distance, and touch. It provides contact information for obtaining a copy of the toolkit.

Contact: Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa WIC Program, Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075, Telephone: (515) 281-7689 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Infant nutrition, Iowa, Maternal nutrition, Nutrition services, State programs, WIC program

U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 2020. Identifying evidence-based and evidence-informed nutrition interventions to advance maternal health in Title V Maternal and Child Health Services block grant programs. Rockville, MD: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 5 pp.

Annotation: This maternal and child health nutrition program brief reviews opportunities to identify appropriate maternal health-related evidence-based and -informed nutrition interventions to advance Title V MCH Services Block Grant Programs’ national performance measures (NPMs) using online databases.

Contact: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 443-2170 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Child health, Child nutrition, Evidence based programs, Maternal health, Maternal nutrition, Title V programs

Driscoll AK, Osterman MJK. 2018. Maternal characteristics of prenatal WIC receipt in the United States, 2016. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 7 pp. (NCHS data brief; no. 298)

Annotation: This report describes prenatal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) receipt in the United States in 2016 by state and by maternal age, race and Hispanic origin, and education. For each topic, key points are provided, and bar graphs illustrate statistical information.

Contact: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 5419, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 Fax: (301) 458-4020 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Age factors, Educational factors, Hispanic Americans, Maternal nutrition, Nutrition programs, Pregnant women, Prenatal nutriton, Racial factors, Statistical data, WIC program

Vericker TC. 2015. Maternal depression associated with less healthy dietary behaviors in young children . Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 11 pp.

Annotation: This research brief investigates the relationship between maternal depression and eating habits earlier in childhood, when food preferences are developing. Topics include the prevalence and severity of maternal depression; characteristics of mothers, households, and kindergarten-age children; and associations between mothers' depressive symptoms and their kindergarten-age children's eating practices. Contents include data, measures, analyses, and discussion and conclusions.

Contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 833-7200 Fax: (202) 467-5775 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Depression, Food consumption, Food habits, Maternal mental health, Nutrition, Young children

Bolin JN, Bellamy G, Ferdinand AO, Kash B, Helduser, eds. 2015. Rural Healthy People 2020: A companion document to Healthy People 2020. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center, 2 v.

Annotation: This report provides a guide and benchmark on the current state of rural health priorities and disparities and serves as a roadmap for updating federal and state leaders on rural health priorities identified through the national Rural Healthy People 2020 survey. Volume one addresses each of the ten top-ranked rural health priorities and includes reviews of relevant literature, updated for those topics previously identified as priorities in Rural Healthy People 2010, and models for practice that rural practitioners can use to support community and regional programs. Volume two addresses priorities 11-20.

Contact: Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Department of Health Policy and Management, 1266 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-1266, Telephone: (979) 862-4238 Fax: (979) 458-0656 Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-1-4951-5242-9.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, Child health, Community health services, Diabetes, Health care disparities, Health objectives, Health promotion, Healthy People 2020, Heart diseases, Literature reviews, Maternal health, Mental health, National initiatives, Nutrition, Physical activity, Rural populations, Strokes, Substance abuse, Tobacco use

Shields L, Guey-Shiang T, eds. 2015. CDAPP sweet success: Guidelines for care. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Health, Center for Family Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division, 1 v.

Annotation: This state program guide for the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program contains these chapters: (1) overview; (2) preconception and interconception care for preexisting diabetes; (3) medical management and education for preexisting diabetes during pregnancy; (4) medical management and education for gestational diabetes mellitus; (5) impact of maternal diabetes on fetal development and neonatal care; (6) exercise; (7) medical nutrition therapy; (8) breastfeeding; (9) behavioral and psychosocial components of care; and (10) cultural competency. The program website contains additional program information and professional and consumer information including materials in Spanish.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, Gestational diabetes, Maternal Nutrition, Maternal health, Nutrition education, Pregnancy, Prenatal care, Spanish language materials

Schanler RJ, Krebs NF, Mass SB, eds. 2014. Breastfeeding handbook for physicians (2nd ed). Washington, DC: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 320 pp.

Annotation: This book provides health care professionals and students in all specialties with a teaching and reference aid to enhance their knowledge of breastfeeding physiology and clinical practice to encourage and support breastfeeding. Topics include the rationale for promoting breastfeeding, composition of human milk, anatalomy and physiology of lactation, managing breastfeeding before and after conception, peripartum care, postpartum care in the hospital and at home, infant and mother m=breastfeeding maintenance, supoorting breastfeeding during mother-infant separation, lactation support, medications and breastfeeding, contraception, and breastfeeding and preterm infants and other special circumstances. Appendices provide resources and professional position statements on breastfeeding.

Contact: American Academy of Pediatrics, 345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143, Telephone: (630) 626-6000 Secondary Telephone: (847) 434-4000 Fax: (847) 434-8000 Web Site: Document Number: ISBN 978-1-58110-804-0.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Child nutrition, Complementary feeding, Health promotion, Infant feeding, Infant nutrition, Lactation, Lactation management, Maternal health, Resources for professionals

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists Maternal and Child Health Council. 2014. ASPHN story bank. Johnstown, PA: Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, 5 items.

Annotation: This resource focuses on state agency efforts to promote good nutrition in the maternal and child health population. Contents are listed by topic and by state. Topics include: nutrition standards; salad bars in schools; organizational change with multiple agencies; leadership; farm to institution; healthy beverages; home visiting programs; and healthy communities. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, P.O. Box 1001, Johnstown, PA 15907-1001, Telephone: (814) 255-2829 Secondary Telephone: Fax: (814) 255-6514 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Child care, Child health, Collaboration, Health promotion, Home visiting, Infant health, Maternal health, Nutrition, Organizational change, Program improvement, Public health nutritionists, State MCH programs, Strategic planning, Systems development, Training

University of Maryland School of Public Health, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. 2013, 2017. Healthy mouths for you and your baby. College Park, MD: University of Maryland School of Public Health, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, 2 videos (12 min., 2 min.).

Annotation: This document is intended to help parents keep their infant’s mouth healthy. It lists five steps that parents can take: protect the infant’s teeth with fluoride, check and clean the infant’s teeth, feed the infant healthy food, don’t put the infant to bed with a bottle, and take the infant to the dentist before age 1. A conversation between two women in which one learns from the other about how to keep a baby’s teeth healthy is included. The document is available in two versions, one intended for a general audience (which is available in English and in Spanish) and one intended for an American Indian/Alaska Native audience.

Contact: University of Maryland School of Public Health, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, Dean's Office, SPH Building, Room 2367, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, Telephone: (301) 405-2356 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Dental hygiene, Disease prevention, Fluorides, Health promotion, Infants, Maternal health, Multimedia, Nutrition, Oral health, Pregnant women, Spanish language materials, Young children

Werner D. 2013. Where there is no doctor: A village health care handbook. (Rev. ed.). Palo Alto, CA: Hesperian Foundation, 446 pp.

Annotation: This handbook was written for those who live far from medical centers, in places where there is no doctor, particularly for those living in poor countries and in isolated villages and communities. Intended for the community health worker, it can be used by any individual. A wide range of practical health care knowledge is covered. Chapters include: words to the village health worker; sicknesses that are often confused; how to examine a sick person; how to take care of sick person; right and wrong use of modern medicines; instructions and precautions for injections; first aid; nutrition; prevention; some very common sicknesses; serious illnesses that need special medical attention; skin problems; the eyes; the urinary tract and the genitals; information for mothers and midwives; family planning; health and sickness of children; health and sickness of older people; and the medicine kit. A separate section lists uses, dosages, and precautions for medicines. A glossary of medical terms, addresses for teaching materials, and tear out sheets for making medical reports and dosage instructions for people who cannot read are also included.

Contact: Hesperian, 1919 Addison Street, Suite 304 , Berkeley, CA 94704, Telephone: (510) 845-1447 Secondary Telephone: (888) 729-1796 Fax: (510) 845-9141 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Allied health occupations, Child health services, Community health workers, Developing countries, Disease prevention, Education, First aid, Health services, Maternal health services, Nutrition

U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2013. WIC program: Improved oversight of income eligibility determination needed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 24 pp.

Annotation: This report describes a study on the determination of income eligibility for recipients of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Included in the report are answers to the following questions: (1) How do state and local criteria for determining WIC income eligibility vary? (2) To what extent are individuals who would otherwise be ineligible for WIC deemed eligible due to their participation in other programs? (3) How does the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assist and monitor state determination of WIC income eligibility? The report is based on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) review of federal laws and regulations; an analysis of USDA's national data from 2010, recent survey findings, and monitoring reports; reviews of WIC policy manuals from 10 states chosen to provide population size and geographic diversity; and interviews with federal, state, and local officials. Recommendations based on GAO's findings are included in the report.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: GAO-13-290.

Keywords: Accountability, Child nutrition, Eligibility determination, Infant nutrition, Maternal nutrition, Reports, Supplemental food programs, WIC Program

Save the Children. 2012. Nutrition in the first 1,000 days: State of the world's mothers 2012. Westport, CT: Save the Children, 70 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information about which countries are doing the best—and the worst—at providing nutrition beginning during pregnancy and continuing through a child's second birthday. The report looks at six low-cost nutritional solutions, including breastfeeding, that have the potential to save lives, and discusses the affordability of these solutions. Also discussed are the global malnutrition crisis and why the first 1,000 days of a child's life are particularly important in terms of nutrition.

Contact: Save the Children, 501 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT 06825, Telephone: (203) 221-4000 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Child death, Child health, Child nutrition, Child nutrition programs, Costs, Developing countries, Financing, Infant death, Infant health, Infant nutrition, International health, Maternal nutrition, Maternal nutrition programs, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Prevention, Public policy, Reproductive health, Women's health

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. 2012. Powerhouse nutrients for optimal growth and development: Evidence based guidelines for optimum growth and development. Alexandria, VA: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, (Maternal and child health webinar series: Webinar 12)

Annotation: This webinar reviews the importance of major nutrients in pregnancy outcomes and infant cognitive and neurological development. Focusing on three of the major nutrients -- folic acid, vitamin D and omega-3 DHA -- the presenter provides evidence-based guidelines on appropriate levels of intake and identifies the health benefits during pregnancy and lactation and upon infant visual, social, cognitive, and psychomotor development. The presenter discusses the best sources for major nutrients and offers guidelines on food safety for pregnant women.

Contact: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 300***OPERATIONS MOVED TO ZERO TO THREE*** 5/5/2015, Alexandria, VA 22302, Telephone: (703) 837-4792 Fax: (703) 664-0485 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Guidelines, Infant development, Maternal nutrition, Multimedia, Nutrition education, Nutrition research, Pregnant outcome, Pregnant women

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2012. Food safety for moms-to-be. Rockville, MD: U.S. Food and Drug Administration,

Annotation: This website provides information on food safety and preventing foodborne illness for pregnant women. Advice is provided for women before they get pregnant, during pregnancy, in addition to over a whole life cycle. More contents include a food-by-food guide, revised food handling guidelines, educator tools, resources for professionals, and brochures.

Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993, Telephone: (888) 463-6332 Fax: (301) 443-3100 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Consumer education materials, Disease prevention, Food safety, Maternal nutrition, Preconceptional nutrition, Pregnant women, Resources for professionals

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2012. Pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system report on CDC's winnable battles: Collecting data in order to improve the health of mothers and infants. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 10 files.

Annotation: This website presents information on public health challenges contributing to causes of death and disability considered to be "winnable battles." Topics include collecting data on maternal demographics; HIV in the U.S.; motor vehicle injuries; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; breastfeeding (as part of nutrition); teen pregnancy; and tobacco. A brief description of each topic is provided along with snapshot reports.

Contact: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent pregnancy, Data collection, Demography, HIV, Maternal health, Motor vehicle injuries, Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Obesity, Physical activity, Population surveillance, Public health, Tobacco use

Save the Children. 2011. Champions for children: State of the world's mothers 2011. Westport, CT: Save the Children, 42 pp.

Annotation: This annual index analyzes health, education, and economic conditions for women and children in 164 countries. Women's health index categories include risk of maternal death, births attended by skilled health personnel, modern contraception use, and life expectancy. Child health index categories include under-5 mortality rate, underweight status, and access to safe water.

Contact: Save the Children, 501 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, CT 06825, Telephone: (203) 221-4000 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Statistics, Child health, Children, Developing countries, International health, Maternal health, Mortality rates, Mothers, Nutritional status

United Nations Children's Fund. 2010. Facts for life (4th ed.). United Nations Publications, 194 pp.

Annotation: The fourth edition of Facts for Life contains essential information that families and communities need to know to raise healthy children. This handbook provides practical advice on pregnancy, childbirth, childhood illnesses, child development and the care of children. This edition also features a new chapter on child protection. The book is intended for parents, families, health workers, teachers, youth groups, women’s groups, community organizations, government officials, employers, trade unions, media, and non-governmental and faith-based organizations. It is available in Arabic, Bangla, English, French, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Turkmen.

Contact: UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, UNICEF House, Three United Nations Plaza, 44th Street, Between 1st and 2nd Avenues, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (212) 326-7000 Fax: (212) 887-7465 Web Site: $1.00. Document Number: ISBN 978-92-806-4466-1.

Keywords: AIDS, Birth intervals, Breastfeeding, Child health, Child health promotion, Common cold, Developing countries, Diarrhea, Hygiene, Immunization, Malaria, Maternal health, Non English language materials, Nutrition disorders, Spanish language materials

United States Breastfeeding Committee. 2010. Workplace accommodations to support and protect breastfeeding. Washington, DC: United States Breastfeeding Committee, 20 pp.

Annotation: This paper provides a background for understanding the role of lactation breaks in the workplace as a critical way to improve the health and productivity of working women and their children, in compliance with Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Section topics include the public health case; how lactation breaks support the physical process of maintaining milk supply; lactation breaks in the context of other work-family and workplace wellness issues and explores the business case for breastfeeding; U.S. laws about breastfeeding and the workplace; and looks ahead to unfinished business. The appendix offers a quick look at the history of infant feeding and women’s work, in order to provide context for decision-makers in government and business.

Contact: United States Breastfeeding Committee, 2025 M Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 367-1132 Fax: (202) 367-2132 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding promotion, Infant health, Infant nutrition, Maternal health, Working mothers

Castner L, Mabli J, Sykes J. 2009. Dynamics of WIC program participation by infants and children, 2001 to 2003: Final report. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, ca. 145 pp.

Annotation: The report analyzes the dynamics of WIC participation for infants and children from 2001 to 2003, specifically examining entry into the WIC program, continuance in the program, exit from the program, and reentry.

Contact: Mathematica Policy Research, P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393, Telephone: (609) 799-3535 Fax: (609) 799-0005 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: WIC Program, Child nutrition, Early intervention, Federal programs, Low income groups, Maternal nutrition, Nutrition programs, Program evaluation

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.