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January 23rd is Maternal Health Awareness Day in New Jersey. In 2017, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to designate a day to raise awareness of maternal health, safety and mortality issues. In recognition of Maternal Health Awareness Day, The Cooperative hosts various educational events for healthcare providers and the public to help raise awareness of maternal health issues.

Experts predict a tremendous shortage of OB-GYNs in New Jersey in the next decade. Dr. Donald Chervenak of the New Jersey Obstetrical and Gynecological Society says that because of burnout many doctors are leaving the profession at age 50 to 55 where previously they may have continued to work to 65-75. New Jersey’s high medical malpractice insurance rates are also a factor, he says.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the deficit of OB-GYNs nationwide is expected to reach more than 5,000 by 2030.

Newly-released data from the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative reflects a bump in South Jersey births, a decrease in births to teenagers and a decrease in Cesarean births (C-Sections), among other findings.

Most students lament the end of summer and the start of a new school year. That’s not new. What is still relatively new is accurately measuring the indelible mental and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our children.

The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC), in collaboration with leading mental health experts from across South Jersey, convened a special panel of clinical professionals and educators in Voorhees Township August 3, 2022 to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and families.

Walls, baseboards, doors and windows often contain lead-based paint, and the resulting dust and chipping caused by repeated friction leads to lead poisoning. Read this commentary, featuring Southern Regional Lead and Healthy Homes Program Coordinator Lauryn Tilghman, on ways to prevent household exposure to lead.

Camden Healthy Start's Community Action Network (CAN) is on a mission to identify barriers to stable, affordable and available housing for Camden County families. In partnership with housing agencies and individuals from various levels of government, we are seeking your input to improve housing opportunities in Camden County.

Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative Executive Director Helen Hannigan details the Cooperative’s ongoing efforts to gather, analyze, and interpret the most comprehensive maternal health data as part of the organization’s ongoing mission to serve our diverse South Jersey community.

The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative is one of three designated maternal and child health consortia in New Jersey focused on improving the health of pregnant and parenting families. Hear from the leadership of all three consortia on how the organizations strive for safe births and optimal health.

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that pregnant women with COVID-19 face an increased likelihood of developing a severe case and complications in pregnancy and in childbirth, such as a preterm or stillborn baby. While omicron tends to be milder on average, unvaccinated women are still in danger.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that an estimated 8,700 postpartum New Jerseyans will be guaranteed to maintain their Medicaid coverage for 12 months after the end of the pregnancy. This important step will help New Jersey to provide pregnancy-related care with the goal of preventing unnecessary postpartum-related illness and death.

SNJPC Recognized for Safe Sleep Promotion

Thank you to the SIDS Center of New Jersey for recognizing our work to promote safe sleep for babies. The Cooperative was chosen as one of the recipients who they recognized this year at their SIDS Recognition Ceremony in October.

Preconception health – a woman's health before she gets pregnant – is just as important as her health during pregnancy. In this Philly Voice article, SNJPC's Lakeshia Montgomery shares things women should do before trying to conceive.

Learn about upcoming COVID-19 testing and vaccination events hosted by the Southern NJ COVID Response Program and its community partners.

Participate in the NAACP Maternal Experience Survey, sponsored by the Prematurity Prevention Initiative, and provide critical feedback which can be used to improve maternal and child health in New Jersey.

SNJPC is pleased to announce that Lakeshia Montgomery has been named Director of Professional Education and Training.

In the interview, SNJPC Executive Director Helen Hannigan discussed the work that we do as well as ways to get involved.