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Center for Maternal and Infant Health Spring 2017 newsletter Please see the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health Spring 2017 newsletter

Connection Those interested in following efforts to better enable optimal postpartum health outcomes may follow the team on Facebook  and Twitter @4thTriProject.

ZERO TO THREE Journal Drs. Sarah Verbiest, Kristin Tully, and Alison Stuebe published “Promoting maternal health in the 4th trimester” in the ZERO TO THREE Journal. “Health care providers may not recognize or encourage close contact with infants, nor view infant behavior as shaping the health and well-being of parents. The concept of the 4th trimester moves the conversation forward ...

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Drs. Kristin Tully, Alison Stuebe, and Sarah Verbiest published “The fourth trimester: a critical transition period with unmet maternal health needs” in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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4th Trimester Project 2016 Engagement Meeting on YouTube Patient partners and stakeholders gathered for 4th Trimester Project Unmet Health Needs Engagement Meeting, held in Chapel Hill, NC on March 23, 2016. Watch presentations from stakeholders on our YouTube channel.

What is the 4th Trimester Project? In the 12 weeks following delivery, a woman must recover from childbirth, adapt to changing hormones, and learn to feed and care for her newborn. During this “4th Trimester,” many women experience considerable challenges, including fatigue, pain, breastfeeding difficulties, depression, lack of sexual desire and incontinence. Amid these concerns, postpartum care is often fragmented among maternal ...

Work Plan New mother-infant dyads are at risk for a host of clinical concerns, including unmet breastfeeding goals, perinatal mood disorders, unsafe infant sleep practices, incontinence, tobacco recidivism, chronic disease and lack of access to acceptable contraception. These problems are extraordinarily common – affecting between one quarter and more than half of the 4 million women who ...

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The 4th Trimester The term “4th Trimester” reflects the concept that during the first months of life, newborns continue to function like a fetus in many ways; they require months of intense, ‘womb-like’ nurturing. A 4th Trimester perspective views the mother and infant as a mutually dependent unit, behaviorally and physiologically intertwined via breastfeeding and other interactions such ...