October is National Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and includes Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. All are important topics that affect millions of women, maybe even someone you know or care for. October is also time to spread the word on how #MidwivesMakeADifference during National Midwifery Week!
Midwifery & Women's Health via Our Moment of Truth is here to support you! Here's your one-stop-shop with information and resources you'll need to spread the word about these important women's health initiatives. If you haven't already, sign up for the Midwifery & Women's Health e-newsletter today and encourage your clients to do the same.
National Midwifery Week
October 2-8, 2016

It's National Midwifery Week and we need YOUR help to spread the word! Every action from every individual builds our celebration and helps to raise awareness about midwives.

Here's what you can do to help:
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates from our Daily Action Plan
  • Share our daily posts using the hashtag #MidwivesMakeADifference 
  • View our planning kit to help promote National Midwifery Week 2016 beyond the web!
1) National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence: Recognize Patterns, Seek Help
Since most people don't report it, it's hard to know how common intimate partner violence (IPV) is but national studies indicate 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. For mixed race and Native American women, this number is 1 in 3. IPV happens among individuals of all ages, gender, religions, income levels and education. It also occurs in LGBTQ relationships.

What Does An Abusive Relationship Look Like?

It's not easy to identify an abusive partner early in the relationship as abusers are often charming and groom their partner for a time before the abusive behavior begins. Early clues such as possessive and controlling behaviors may be attributed to jealousy, but usually intensify as the relationship grows. IPV doesn't look the same in every relationship, but there are common methods the abusive partner uses to gain power and control over their partner.

Signs of an abusive relationship may include:
  • Insults, demeaning and embarrassing put downs
  • Physical violence with or without injuries
  • Sexual violence and rape
  • Control over what you do, who you talk to, where you go
Additional Resources
Safety Planning for Abusive Situations via Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence via The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Start The Conversation
Share and follow the conversation on social media with the following Facebook posts:
Know the signs and protect yourself! Let's #takeastand against #domesticviolence @OurMomentofTruth http://bit.ly/2dzHVoW
Share this for everyone who may be suffering in silence. Resources for victims of #domesticviolence. @OurMomentofTruth http://bit.ly/2dzHVoW
Share "Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Recognizing Patterns and Dangerousness" on Facebook
2) Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day
October 15th at 7:00PM all time zones
Every month over 250 of our babies die from SIDS, Stillbirth and other sleep-related issues. 

We can make a difference.

On October 15th at 7PM, families around the United States will light candles in memory all of the precious babies who have been lost.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to join our candle lighting to spread awareness of these tragic infant deaths and provide support to those that are suffering.

For more information, please visit First Candle
3) National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Midwifery & Women's Health Resources
Additional Resources
Start The Conversation
Share and follow the conversation on social media with the following Facebook posts:
Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/159zd67 @OurMomentofTruth #breastcancerawareness #savethetatas

Q. What are mammograms? A. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast that check for breast cancer. http://bit.ly/2cIs1JX @OurMomentofTruth #breastcancerawareness #savethetatas
Share "Understanding Breast Cancer" on Facebook
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