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Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Maternal and Child health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers a broad range of programs services to pregnant women, mothers, infants, children and their families — and children with special health care needs. The largest of the programs, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, includes State Formula Block Grants, Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), and Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS) projects. Other vital missions include Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Traumatic Brain Injury, Healthy Start, Sickle Cell Service Demonstrations, Family to Family Health Information Centers, Emergency Medical Services for Children, and autism.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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Office of Population Affairs

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics, including family planning and reproductive health, sterilization and other population issues. OPA, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, is responsible for administration and oversight of the Title X Family Planning Program.

Review Date: August 21, 2012

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. ACOG houses a resource center which acts as a clearinghouse for ob/gyn information for both professionals and consumers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Birthright International

Birthright provides support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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International Cesarean Awareness Network

The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), founded in 1982, is a network of people concerned about the incidence of cesarean birth. It aims to reduce the rate of cesarean deliveries, to provide a forum for discussion, and to provide a support network for women recovering from cesarean deliveries. ICAN provides current information on cesarean prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean. Chapters are active across the United States and overseas. ICAN has developed an educational program on cesarean prevention and vaginal birth after cesarean. ICAN is supported by membership dues and contributions.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

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International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as a professional organization supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. ICEA is a nonprofit organization.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

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Jesse Cause Foundation

The Jesse Cause is named after Chris and Shelene Keith’s son Jesse, who was born with Group B strep (GBS). The couple founded the non-profit organization in hopes of sparing other families the devastating effects of GBS. The Jesse Cause Foundation worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that nationwide testing of all pregnant women for Group B strep became a standard of care during pregnancy. The Web site offers resources on GBS for medical professionals, expectant parents, and families affected by GBS. The "Save Our Babies Project" is dedicated to bringing awareness of Group B strep to every city and state.

Review Date: October 05, 2010

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Lamaze International

Lamaze International, formerly ASPO/Lamaze, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. Since 1960, Lamaze International has provided the most comprehensive and respected education program for Lamaze teachers available. Lamaze's membership is comprised of 4,000 childbirth educators, health care providers, and parents. More than 10,000 professionals have earned the LCCE credential, and a significant portion of childbirth education classes are taught by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. Among its many services, Lamaze operates the Lamaze Media Center, which offers a wide selection of books, videotapes, audiotapes, and specialty products related to pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. Lamaze has also established the Lamaze Approved Provider Program, whereby hospitals, birth centers, group practices and other institutional providers are recognized for meeting Lamaze standards and offering excellence in childbirth education.

Review Date: October 21, 2010

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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out their mission by investing in research and educating health care professionals, pregnant women and new moms. They also are there with support for families with a baby in newborn intensive care. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Review Date: June 17, 2008

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National Birth Defects Center

Established in 1984, the Center provides diagnosis and treatment to children born with Birth Defects, Genetic Diseases and Mental Retardation. The Center consists of physicians and consultants in pediatrics, genetics, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, craniofacial surgery, plastic surgery, and other specialties. The Center houses the Pregnancy Environmental Hotline, a toll-free service which provides information concerning the effects that drugs, medications, radiation, infections, or environmental agents may have on the fetus.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

This organization provides an innovative forum for collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations, employers, policymakers and consumers to promote and improve culturally and linguistically appropriate, community based services that foster healthy mothers, healthy babies and healthy families. From its inception, HMHB has focused attention on raising public awareness of the basic components of prenatal care--early care, good nutrition, avoidance of drugs--including not drinking and not smoking, and promotion of breastfeeding.

Review Date: February 02, 2011

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National Perinatal Association

The National Perinatal Association (NPA) is a multidisciplinary group concerned with perinatal health issues from preconception through infancy. Our members foster optimal perinatal health and quality health care by promoting education, supporting research, and influencing national priorities. NPA sponsors an annual clinical conference, serves as an education and legislative resource center, and facilitates the education of health care professionals. As a coordinating body, NPA encourages the development of new perinatal organizations and promotes communication among existing groups.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a voluntary family planning and reproductive health organization. This Federation of 128 organizations operates 875 family planning clinics that provide contraceptive services, gynecological services, infertility therapy, pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal services, sexually transmitted disease diagnosis, abortions, and sterilization services. Educational efforts are directed at specific problems such as unwanted pregnancies among adolescents. Planned Parenthood sponsors research to develop safe and effective contraceptives and to better understand human reproduction.

Review Date: July 14, 2008

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