Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The National Perinatal Association

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The National Perinatal Association

Article excerpt

Perinatal means "surrounding the time of birth" --a great time to be healthy!

The National Perinatal Association (NPA) is an association comprised of individuals and organizations concerned with perinatal health issues, from preconception through infancy, within a multicultural perspective. Their mission is to work toward the common goal of better healthcare for mothers and infants through education, research, and advocacy. The NPA relies on its members--healthcare consumers and professionals from across the spectrum of disciplines--to work together and help carry out its mission.

One of their goals is to help construct a framework for national advocacy, and, by getting many different disciplines involved, create a greater understanding and a greater impact.

Ideas into practice

Currently, the NPA is involved in numerous projects such as:

* Production of a monograph entitled "Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Health Care" is under way. This monograph is for maternal and child health practitioners, educators, and perinatal specialists to help them care for mothers and their families in a way that is more sensitive to cultural background.

* "Models of Care" is a publication. produced by the NPA for community, health, and service organizations.

* In 1999, the NPA organized a Summit Conference, a collaborative effort by 21 national maternal and child health organizations. Out of the conference proceedings came a monograph entitled, "Shaping the Future of Perinatal Health Care."

* NPA's Annual Clinical Conference provides education and networking for physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified-nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, dietitians, educators, consumers, public health and health services workers, administrators, and multidisciplinary perinatal professionals.

* NPA leaders serve on the "Friendly Access" National Advisory Board. Friendly Access is a program providing quality perinatal care for low-income mothers run by the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Infants, Mothers, and Babies.

What Membership in the NPA Offers Parents

The NPA remains committed to the active inclusion of parents in all health decisions made about their children. …

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