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Happy Father's Day

June 18, 2018
The love of a father is a foundation for the future of a child. When mothers, fathers and family members work as a team around the care of children, it creates a haven within which these children can grow and thrive as mentioned in the adage “it takes a village to raise a child”.

The roles fathers and mothers are playing at work and at home are changing. More women are entering the workforce and balancing work as well as family poses challenges for parents. Being a parent has made it harder for many mothers to advance in their careers and this is now happening to some fathers too.

Improvement in gender equality benefits the parents and entire family. Fathers who are able to balance work and family life make it easier for mothers to do the same. Sharing the care for children and household tasks means that both parents have equal opportunity to have a fulfilling career and a strong relationship with their children.

This Father’s Day 2018, we celebrate a global social change that is seeing more and more fathers becoming hands on careers of their babies and share roles equitably with the mother of their children. The father-child bond starts at birth, or even before. Research shows that fathers in Vietnam who were counselled on how both to support breastfeeding and to interact directly with their infants right from birth reported significantly greater attachment to their infants throughout the first year. In China, when parents worked together as a team, mothers were happier because their spouses (fathers) were more supportive, cared for the baby more, did more housework and were more helpful when difficulties arose.

Family members, particularly fathers, are more likely to engage in caring and household work when they understand their important role in securing the health and welfare of their child. Research shows that fathers not only have the capacity for caregiving, but that children benefit directly. Involved and caring fatherhood, in addition to equitable relationships between men and women, help create a future where all win.

Family and work life balance will be easier with a social protection package that enables fathers to participate in caring. Paid parental leave entitlements will empower parents and careers to facilitate the integration of care work including breastfeeding and other work. Leave policies that offer paid, non-transferable leave for men and women help to advance gender equality, social justice, and the well-being of women, children, and men. Father-inclusive health and family services, good information sources for fathers and the facilitation of networks between fathers are all important social supports for involved fatherhood and gender equality. WABA and The Family Initiative are proud to be working together to promote the support of fathers for breastfeeding, building on the lead that many fathers have already taken.

For more information, contact:
Revathi Ramachandran  
Duncan Fisher
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National Police Week

May 17, 2018

Happy National Police Week 2018

Thank a local law enforcement officer for all they do to keep our families and communities safe!

May 13-19th, is National Police Week.  From bicycle rides and 5k runs to candlelight vigils, awards ceremonies and memorial services in honor of fallen heroes and survivors, community members and families have been celebrating law enforcement officers this week.


The Basalt Police Department wives would like to persoanlly invite you to stop by their table at City Market El Jebel, Saturday, May 19, 8 -10 a.m. 


Sign your name on the giant community thank you card for our local heroes. If you have a special story to share or would like to extend a more personal thank you, there will be note cards available. 


Thank you for your show of support! 

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Diaper Drive- Aspen Valley Hospital

April 9, 2018

The OB nurses at Aspen Valley Hospital are dedicated to bring this cause to the attention of the generous families in our valley.
Unfortunately, there are families in our area and the state of Colorado that do not have the resources to provide disposable diapers for their infants and children.

As a matter of fact, did you know?
  • 1 in 3 families struggle to buy diapers
  • Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps
  • Lack of diapers keeps babies out of daycare
  • ...and Moms out of work
  • In the U.S. 5 million babies do not have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy

“I have a job to do as a parent, and that’s make sure my children have what they need.”
Natasha Rivera-LaButhie, mom to Liana, Hailey & Angel

Natasha Rivera-LaButhie was overjoyed to learn she was expecting—then her doctor delivered the news that she was actually pregnant with triplets. “We were prepared for one child,” she says, “but finding out it was multiples? Say what? Needless to say, my husband and I knew there would be a lot more costs coming our way.” Additionally, Natasha did not qualify for her employer’s medical benefits as a new hire; she received state medical insurance instead.
Before entering her 3rd trimester, Natasha lost one of the babies and began having medical complications, becoming hospitalized for 75 days before giving birth. A hospital resource staff person encouraged Natasha to sign up for the diaper bank. Though she was initially hesitant about asking for help, bills were piling up. The twins’ daycare also required a full day’s supply of diapers, and she would have to leave work to bring more if they ran out. “I threw my pride out the window and signed up,” Natasha says. “It helps me to be a better parent. I have more time to tend to my kids’ needs, and I know they’re being taken care of.”

Aspen Birth Center:
Staff will be accepting and collecting diaper donations this Spring April 10-June 1st, to be delivered to local shelters and Diaper Donation Centers in Denver. Or feel free to donate dollars online to buy diapers, led by Healthy Mom and Baby-AWHONN.

Thank you for your support!
Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC

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Quick Antiviral Treatment of Influenza-is Critical

January 5, 2018

Influenza activity, predominantly from A(H3N2), has increased significantly in recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory Wednesday. Given the characteristics of this season's flu, the CDC is recommending, in addition to the flu vaccine for prevention, increased use of neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) antivirals for treatment.

Quick treatment is crucial and "should not be delayed even for a few hours to wait for the results of testing," according to the advisory. Treatment works best when started within 2 days of onset but has shown benefit for some patients even when initiated later.

Focus on treatment is important because in past seasons, A(H3N2) has been linked with more deaths and hospitalizations in people aged 65 years and older and young children than in other groups. Also, this year's vaccine effectiveness may be as low as last year's, at 32% for A(H3N2), the CDC says.

The advisory reminds clinicians that all inpatients and all high-risk patients (whether inpatient or outpatient) who are suspected of having or confirmed to have influenza should be treated.

Those groups include the following:

  • Patients with severe, complicated, or progressive illness, including outpatients with severe or prolonged progressive symptoms or those who develop pneumonia;

  • Children under age 2 years or people 65 years and older, as well as people younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy;

  • American Indians/Alaska natives;

  • Women who are pregnant or within 2 weeks postpartum;

  • People with suppressed immune systems;

  • Extremely obese people (body mass index of at least 40); and

  • Those living in long-term care facilities.


Treatment is also indicated when flu is suspected or confirmed for "persons with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), and metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury)," the CDC advises.

To more effectively treat patients quickly, the CDC says providers may consider setting up phone triage lines or write antiviral prescriptions without testing and before an office visit when treatment is deemed necessary over the phone.

Three NAIs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and recommended for the 2017-2018 season: oseltamivir; zanamivir; and peramivir.

Article: CDC Advisory: Flu Increasing, Be Ready With Antivirals - Medscape - Dec 28, 2017.
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