1st International Perinatal
TOTAL Health Congress

Perinatal TOTAL Health: The First Thousand Days of Life

Innovations and Transdisciplinary Collaborations

27 - 30 June 2018

Sinaia, Romania
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Useful Resources

Total Health: The First 1,000 Days of Life. Find out more -HERE.

 Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy's suggests.
Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn't take it at all.
Find out more HERE.

 Exploring Early Childhood Care and Education Levers to Improve Population Health: Proceedings of a Workshop. 
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 Even brief maternal deprivation early in life alters adult brain function and cognition
When a baby is taken from its mother for even a brief period early in life, this traumatic event significantly alters the future, adult function of the brain, according to a new animal model study. These changes in the brain are similar to disturbances in brain structure and function that are found in people at risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.
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 SWAT team of immune cells found in mother's milk. Click here  for more.

 Total Health – innovative concept of personalized medicine, an interview with Eliot Sorel for psihiatru.ro. Click here for more.

Eliot Sorel Moderates Opening Session at Global Mental Health Conference in Washington, DC. Click here for more.

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) warmly invite you to the 8th annual DevelopmentxChange event for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.
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✔ Associations Between Brain Structure and Connectivity in Infants and Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors During Pregnancy
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use among pregnant women is increasing, yet the association between prenatal SSRI exposure and fetal neurodevelopment is poorly understood. Animal studies show that perinatal SSRI exposure alters limbic circuitry and produces anxiety and depressive-like behaviors after adolescence, but literature on prenatal SSRI exposure in humans is limited and mixed.
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. 10 steps to successful breastfeeding
WHO and UNICEF issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually.
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Childhood Emotional Trauma Closely Linked to Problems in Adulthood
The adverse consequences of childhood trauma not only impact children’s lives in the near term but also can have severe long-term impact on their adult life. Several studies have demonstrated that patients exposed to trauma-induced stress in their first eight years of life are more likely to develop mood disorders, psychotic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than children who are not exposed to trauma.
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✔ Prenatal Primary Prevention of Mental Illness by Micronutrient Supplements in Pregnancy
Genes, infection, malnutrition, and other factors affecting fetal brain development are a major component of risk for a child’s emotional development and later mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism.
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✔ Prof. Weili LIN - Baby Connectome Project
Plenary speaker and Masterclass leader at 1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress
“Brain development in the first years of life is the most dynamic and perhaps the most important phase of brain maturation. Building upon the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Human Connectome Project, the Baby Connectome Project (BCP) is an unprecedented effort to map the development of brain circuitries during a critical time period when brains undergo highly dynamic changes that have lifelong impacts on cognitive development and health consequences.”  

✔ Motherhood around the world

To mark Mother's Day five photographers documented five mothers giving birth in five countries around the world.
Five women, five countries, five babies.
Click HERE for BBC's full article. 

 Romania registers highest number of measles cases in Europe in 2017
Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017 compared to the previous year, with the highest number of affected people being reported in Romania, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Read the full article HERE.

 Children’s behavioral problems tied to mothers’ postpartum depression
Persistent and severe postpartum depression in mothers may be associated with behavioral problems, poor mathematics grades, and a higher risk of depression in their offspring, research published Jan. 31 in JAMA Psychiatry showed.

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Association of Persistent and Severe Postnatal Depression With Child Outcomes
Maternal postnatal depression (PND) is common and associated with adverse child outcomes. These effects are not inevitable, and it is critical to identify those most at risk. Previous work suggests that the risks of adverse outcomes are increased when PND is severe and persistent, but this has not been systematically studied.
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Meet the 'backpack midwife' bringing healthcare for all
Call the midwife in Nairobi, Kenya, and you may receive a visit from someone like Margaret Wairimu Maina.
She sets off on foot looking something like an astronaut, carrying a backpack stuffed full of hi-tech gadgets designed to monitor a baby's health.
Click HERE  to see the full article.

Health Care, Including Mental Health Care, Is Human Right, Trustees Declare.
Trustees approve a new position on health care rights and focus on issues related to physician burnout as well as innovations in digital mental health and service delivery.
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 Tracking the impact of early abuse and neglect: Study led by university researcher shows negative effects may persist into adulthood.
Maltreatment experienced before age 5 can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later, according to a new study.
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 Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children
Click HERE to access the document from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child with further details on the subject.

Neuroscientists shed light on causes of postpartum depression using new research model
Postpartum depression strikes nearly one in five new mothers, who may experience anxiety, severe fatigue, inability to bond with their children and suicidal thoughts. Such depression has also been associated with infants’ developmental difficulties. Although stress has been identified as a significant risk factor for postpartum depression, this complex disorder is still poorly understood.
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Outcomes of a Coaching-Based WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Program in India
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Slashing queues, helping new mothers: NHS explores apps for care in a digital age
Doctors, tech experts and scientists tested new ideas at a health ‘hackathon’ – now a fund aims to back the best with cash.
Imagine if there were an app that reduced accident and emergency waiting times, ensured women are followed up after childbirth and even identified when hospital patients need to be transferred to intensive care.
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 Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds
Offering shopping vouchers to new mothers can encourage them to breastfeed their babies, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found.
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 Should You Be Worried About the Arsenic in Your Baby Food?
Baby cereals made with oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, organic quinoa and wheat contained much lower amounts of inorganic arsenic than rice cereals.

Read more HERE.

Brain development & pollution
Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children's agency has warned.
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New partnership launched at GES will save up to 10 000 lives
Today, we are proud to share the launch of the Utkrisht Impact Bond — so named for the Hindi expression for ‘Excellence’ — the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) for health aiming to reduce the number of maternal and newborn deaths in Rajasthan, India.
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Teenage brains 'not wired for high stakes'
Brain immaturity during adolescence could explain why some teenagers fail to respond to incentives such as cash rewards.
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Newborn babies show greater brain response to pain under stress
When newborn babies are under stress, their brains show a heightened response to pain, a new study has found. However, you'd never know it from the way those infants act. The findings show that stress leads to an apparent disconnect between babies' brain activity and their behavior. Stressed babies may not seem to respond to pain, even as their brain is still processing it.
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✔ Not enough people know about the alarming number of preventable maternal deaths and morbidities that impact women and girls each day. Society needs to prioritize the health of girls and women before, during and after they become mothers to set them up for success in this important role and in life.
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✔ Women who breastfeed their children longer exhibit more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, according to a 10-year longitudinal study published by the American Psychological Association.
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✔ Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth.
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✔ Giving birth on due date 'less risky' for older mums.
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Mums alter the timbre of their voice when speaking "motherese" - or baby talk - say scientists in the US.
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✔ Positive Parenting
For more details on Building Healthy Relationships With Your Kids, please read the full article HERE.

✔ Physical abuse and punishment impact children's academic performance
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Mommy Mentors Help Fight The Stigma Of Postpartum Mood Disorder
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The timing of the first antenatal care visit is paramount for ensuring optimal health outcomes for women and children, and it is recommended that all pregnant women initiate antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy (early antenatal care visit).
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✔ Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Health and Medicine Division
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 Premature infants may get metabolic boost from mom's breast milk
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✔ Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8
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✔ Decades of research have demonstrated that the parent-child dyad and the environment of the family - which includes all primary caregivers - are at the foundation of children’s well- being and healthy development

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12 Brain Foods That Supercharge Your Memory, Focus & Mood
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Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who do These 9 Things
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 At Starbucks, your maternity leave depends on whether you're a barista or a boss.
Read the full article HERE.

 One in five women with postpartum mood disorders keep quiet
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 Mother and baby mental health unit for Wales considered
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 Study Reveals Diet Rich in choline Promotes Fetal Brain Development
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Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests 
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✔ UK survey reveals lack of breastfeeding peer support for millions of mothers.
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✔ Maternal depression is getting more attention
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✔ World Breastfeeding Week
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✔ Intrauterine Genetic Innovations
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✔ Maternal Depression and Children's Health
For more details, please see the following two articles:

Opportunities and Challenges in Addressing Maternal Depression in Community Settings
Efficacy of a Maternal Depression Prevention Strategy in Head Start

 The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) - endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 - is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.
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✔ Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals. Data and statistics.
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✔ Mothers At 15, Pregnant Teenagers Of Romania Tell Their Tale
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✔ How to Prepare Preschoolers for an Automated Economy
Don’t focus only on teaching children how to code, researchers say. The more important things to learn include empathy, collaboration and problem-solving.
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