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Women's Health

Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, and Social and Economic Factors as Predictors of Breastfeeding Initiation

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This research study showed that immigration status was strongly associated with increased breastfeeding initiation, implying that cultural factors are important in the decision to breastfeed.

Midwife in the UK

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Recently in the UK, there has been research supporting midwifery care. Due to this research, the UK has made some policy changes in regards to maternity. Midwifery care has been shown to be more safe for women with uncomplicated pregnancies and because of these new policies, the United States may follow in their footsteps.


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The CHAMACOS study is a longitudinal birth cohort study examining chemicals and other factors in the environment and children's health. 

In 1999-2000, CHAMACOS enrolled 601 pregnant women living in the agircultural Salinas Valley.  They are following their children through age 12 to measure their exposures to pesticides and other chemicals and to determine if this exposure impacts their growth, health, and development. 

New ACOG Resource Calls for Clinician Responsibility in Preventing Environmental/Occupational Health Risks for Women

The Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) is pleased to receive support of our mission to be a force for health justice for the mobile poor from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  A recent ACOG Committee Opinion entitled Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents - produced in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco Progr

Case Report: Three Farmworkers Who Gave Birth to Infants with Birth Defects Closely Grouped in Time and Place - Florida and North Carolina 2004-2005

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Assessment of Maternal Occupational Pesticide Exposures during Pregnancy and Three Children with Birth Defects: North Carolina, 2004

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In August of 2005, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) was notified that three women who had worked on farms in North Carolina owned by Ag-Mart had delivered infants with birth defects.  All three births took place in Florida where the women also worked on Ag-Mart farms and lived near each other.  This report summarizes the OEEB’s investigation and assessment of the pesticide exposures likely experienced by these women while in North Carolina. 

Webinar Presentation Slides: Women's Health at the Intersection of Poverty and Migration

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This webinar is the sixth in a series of seven in our Clinician Orienatation to Migration Health.

Pregnancy, Reproductive Health and Pesticides Monograph

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This 2008 MCN/FJ Monograph compiles research on pesticides, pregnancy and reproductive health. English and Spanish.

Perinatal Care Survey

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Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day

The observance helps draw attention to key differences in health between women and men that are overlooked or misunderstood in areas such as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, obesity and mental health.

For information specific to migrant and underserved populations visit MCN's Women's Health page or MCN's Health Disparities Collaboratives page.

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