Saving Babies - Premature Birth Prevention

November is Premature Birth Awareness month

Know the Facts About Prematurity

Board of Supervisors Proclamation

If You Are Pregnant:

  • Learn about the risk factors for premature birth.
  • Know the warning signs of preterm labor (see below).

Prematurity Facts:

  • Every year, more than half a million babies—that's 1 in every 8—are born prematurely in the United States. The rate of premature birth has risen by 30 percent since 1981.
  • Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide.
  • Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities.
  • Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.

Saving Babies

Healthy Women Healthy Babies

A prenatal diet rich in folic acid reduces the risk of certain birth defects, including spina bifida, by as much as 80 percent. Folic acid can be found in:
  • - Most daily vitamin supplements (400 mcg/day)
  • - Prenatal vitamins
  • - Green leafy vegetables
  • - Peas and beans
  • - Breads, cereals, pastas, and rice fortified with folic acid

Pregnant women should learn how to recognize and appropriately respond to the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor. Pregnant women experiencing the following conditions should know to seek immediate medical advice:
  • - Contractions
  • - Pelvic pressure
  • - Change in vaginal discharge
  • - Leaking of fluid
  • - C low dull backache
  • - Menstrual-like cramps and abdominal cramps

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