Newborn Health Action Plan

Posted on Feb 10 2014 - 9:12am by Alexa B (Kat Biggie)

Y’all know how passionate I am about the subject of Newborn Health. Ever since I lost my two day old infant Kathryn, and nearly lost her twin sister, my life has been devoted to maternal and newborn health, and supporting organizations with that mission.

This week Social Good Moms – mom bloggers who really care about Social Good and make our voices heard on those issues – is focusing on Newborn Heath.

Every year 3.3 million babies die worldwide, many of whom die from preventable causes.

Let that sink in for a moment. Preventable.

The great news: We can do something about it! We can spread the word about the Every Newborn Action Plan that has been put in place specifically to reduce newborn deaths. Additionally, as moms we can comment on the draft plan with our ideas and suggestions until February 28.

Newborn Health

My second born, a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Don’t we all deserve a healthy baby?

Do you want to help? It’s easy!

Visit the Every Newborn Action Plan and comment on the draft plan.

Spread the word by sending out a couple of easy tweets this week. So easy, Social Good Moms has even written them out for us!
1. Tweet: We know how to best save newborn lives but we need your views to take action #EveryNewborn #SocialGoodMoms

2.  Tweet: “We have the knowledge and tools to prevent at least two-thirds of newborn deaths.” Take action now #EveryNewborn

3.  Tweet: Let’s close the gap and reach every mother, #EveryNewborn! Comment on the new draft action plan: #SocialGoodMoms

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Alexa B, who blogs as "Kat Biggie" is a wife, mother, and writer. She has three children and one in heaven. She recently self published a book entitled "Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother" which is available on Amazon. She blogs about life after the loss of one of her twin daughters to TTTS, motherhood, all things parenting, advocacy, grief support and social good.

35 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. another jennifer
    February 10, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I tweeted about this yesterday. Commenting on the plan is on my to-do list today. I love that the WHO is reaching out to moms for feedback. Amazing how easy is it to have our voices heard!
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  2. Janine Huldie
    February 10, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Heading over there to check and share, too. You are so right there are totally preventable methods and so sad that others don’t get or understand this. I literally had to fight my insurance company for about 6 months after to cover some of my pregnancy tests and screenings for my second pregnancy with Lily. I had placenta pre via, was high risk and still some of the recommended tests by my own insurance company were being denied. I was fortunate enough to have a doctor, who did them anyway, was not looking for a cent out of my pocket and helped me fight our insurance company. But just so infuriating and remember asking the agent after I had successfully had Lily (who thankfully was perfect and healthy), would they have rather me not get said testing and lost my baby. I mean it is ridiculous and definitely mind boggling. So, definitely right behind you on this. And thank you for sharing this here.
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  3. thedoseofreality
    February 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Will absolutely share this on Twitter! So glad you are helping to spread the word. :)-Ashley
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  4. Katie @ Pick Any Two
    February 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Will absolutely be sharing this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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  5. Ann
    February 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    That number is inexcusable. I am tweeting for you now. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
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  6. Tamara
    February 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I will absolutely share. Thank you for spreading the word. It’s…astonishing to think about.
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  7. Hausfrau
    February 11, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    So many preventable deaths? Tragic!

    I appreciate what you are doing here with this blog. I have a friend who lost her twins to TTTS years ago, and I know your writing would have been such a comfort to her.

  8. Bev
    February 11, 2014 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I just shared on Twitter. That’s crazy to think about the number of newborns who die of preventable causes.
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  9. Kita
    February 11, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I will be sharing this it is so important to spread the word and help others be in the know.
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  10. Becky Smith
    February 11, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for bringing attention to this. Children are the world’s most precious resource.
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  11. aimee fauci
    February 11, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

    tweeting now ;) My daughter was born w CHD so I know how important tests can be before birth!

  12. Wendy Bottrell
    February 11, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing about a topic important to so many! My parents lost their first born son so many years ago. Best Regards, Wendy (Visiting from Sits)
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  13. Jenniemarie @ Another Housewife
    February 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Tweet sent! Thanks for being willing to shine a light on this subject. I know so many mothers who have dealt with preventable infant deaths and it is just so heartbreaking. (Stopping by from the SITS Challenge)
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    • katbiggie
      February 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      I lost an infant myself, so this is a topic near and dear to my heart. Thanks so much for sharing the info!

  14. Nikki
    February 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Poppin’ by from the SITS Girls tribe love campaign, so glad I did.
    This is amazing information. I had no idea. Wishing you immense exposure for the lives of these beautiful bundles of joy.

    • katbiggie
      February 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks for coming by! Glad you learned something new!

  15. Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly
    February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    As a mommy to be in June I am very passionate about this! I am reading the article and all your tips! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Amanda R
    February 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    This is great information! Going to tweet it in a few. The more we educate, the better the future is for our babes. THANK YOU for sharing.

  17. amy
    February 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I will be sharing. Thank you for the information – especially since I’m expecting in a few months.
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  18. Angela @ The Southern Fried Bride
    February 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    So happy to come across your blog through SITS. Thank you for sharing inspiration in this blog post.


  19. Drea
    February 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this and bringing awareness! I will definitely be sharing on Twitter.

  20. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    So great of you to channel your grief into good. I raised twins and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am!

  21. anne fassnacht
    February 12, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting this. I am going to check this out. I hope some day soon to start my own family and I want to be as prepared as possible. #SITSBlogging
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  22. Adelina Priddis
    February 12, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    First let me say, how very sorry I am for your loss. I just can’t imagine losing one of my children, and so soon after giving them life.
    Thank you for sharing the information on this cause. That is a staggering statistic. Just wow. .I’ve got the social good moms site open and plan on perusing it more when it’s not the middle of the night :)

    • katbiggie
      February 12, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

      I hope you do. It has brought me much joy and satisfaction to use my blog and my social platform to try and do good for others. And thank you for your kind words.

  23. Alyssa
    February 12, 2014 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I’m sorry for your loss, but you are one amazing lady! With a loss, you are trying to make a difference. I find that impressive and thank you!

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  24. Sarah E. White
    February 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I tweeted! My daughter was born six weeks early and though she’s perfectly healthy maternal and newborn health is really important to me, too.
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  25. Debbie @ Heartbeats Soul Stains
    February 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I’m a mom of 7, Labor and delivery and also a pediatric nurse. Tweeted! Maternal and Newborn Health should be a high priority before conception. #SITSBlogging love ;)
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  26. Lynda @MommyPowers
    February 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Such a worthy cause. #SITSBlogging

  27. Desperate Houselife
    February 14, 2014 at 11:03 am - Reply

    What’s even more sad – and the reason I avoid the news – is the stories you hear of babies being beaten or dying at the hands of careless and ungrateful parents. There are a world of loving people out there that would take and nurture those babies. Hospital ERs offer no questions asked baby drop-offs for those who don’t want or can’t handle their child. What is wrong with these people!? It breaks my heart. #SITSBlogging
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  28. Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
    February 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Love your heart for helping others by using your experiences for good!! #SITS
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  29. Ilene
    February 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I am so late to this Alexa – I apologize. I’m tweeting – and will continue to tweet my friend. Thank you for being a champion of this cause. xo
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