This summer The Birth Collective had the opportunity to shoot our first commissioned advocacy video as a new business! Just a few days after launching our site, we received an email from Emily Taylor with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and she hired us to document an important national conference that took place in May.
The Interstate Collaborative met May 15-17, 2013 in Chapel Hill to discuss breastfeeding-friendly healthcare and the implementation of the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. State representatives from around the nation came together for three days to brainstorm ways facilities could better take care of women and babies and ultimately give them the support they need to meet their goals for breastfeeding.
Even though evidence shows that breastfeeding reduces a variety of health risks for mothers and children, a myriad of barriers to breastfeeding exists in the US, and much action needs to be taken. The following video highlights some key players in this movement and the work they are doing to educate health care institutions, women, and families about breastfeeding.
A big thanks to all of the participants in this video who offered their time and expertise. Notably, thank you to Dr. Larry Grummer-Strawn, Dr. Miriam Labbok, Brook Colgan, Emily Taylor, Marci Brewer, BriAnna Wanner and Roger Edwards for contributing to this video. Thanks also to Julysa Sosa for assisting with the videography. And of course, thank to all the cute babies for being such adorable subjects and the face of this issue!
You can view all of the photos from the Interstate 10 Steps Collaborative and purchase prints here.