Partnering With NJ First Lady to Positively Impact Maternal Health
University leaders and state policymakers – including New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy – met at the third annual #123forMoms NJ Maternal Health Day at Montclair State in January to share efforts to improve maternal health in New Jersey, which currently ranks 47th in the nation in pregnancy-related deaths for women.
Educational leaders from Montclair State’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, School of Nursing, and Department of Public Health spoke, as well as moderator Jill Wodnick, a doula who has spearheaded much of the University’s maternal health efforts.
The First Lady lauded the University’s initiatives, saying, “Montclair State’s efforts are right on target – from providing technical assistance on breastfeeding disparities to supporting the infant-parent relationship through prenatal childbirth classes. Montclair State has clearly identified some of our biggest problems and is working hard to fix them.”