Carson City, NV - October 25, 2018
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)
announces the launch of Prematurity Awareness Month on November 1, 2018. According to the March of Dimes, premature
birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the number
one cause of death among babies in the United States (https://www.marchofdimes.org/mission/prematurity-campaign.aspx).
Approximately one in ten babies are born too soon in the
United States, which is among the highest rate for high-resource
countries. Babies who are born too early
may have more health problems or may need to stay in the hospital longer than full-term
babies. Premature babies often face long-term
health problems, including cerebral palsy, lung disease, hearing loss, and
intellectual disabilities. Additionally,
African American women experience disparities with higher rates of prematurity.
One of the best things
a woman can do for a healthy pregnancy is to see a doctor, early and
often. The Statewide Maternal and Child
Health Coalition and Nevada DPBH are helping new mothers by reminding all
pregnant women to Go Before You Show. This nationwide campaign encourages women
to see their doctor within the first three (3) months of pregnancy. Simple steps early on in pregnancy can help
make all the difference to mother and baby.
If you need help finding a doctor, contact 2-1-1 for assistance.
Many factors put women
at risk for premature birth. If a woman
uses alcohol, drugs, or smokes during pregnancy, she is more likely to give
birth to a premature baby. Other risk
factors for delivering a baby too early include high blood pressure, stress, delivering
a baby less than 12 months ago, or being pregnant with more than one baby.
DPBH participates in
the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, a
partnership with national experts and other states working towards reducing
infant mortality and improving birth outcomes.
Nevada’s current initiatives focus on reducing premature births and
include a provider education webinar on hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P), a
medical intervention aimed at reducing prematurity.
For more information on
preventing premature births, promoting healthy birth outcomes, or about the
Maternal and Child Health Program, please contact Christina Turner, Maternal
and Infant Health Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling (775) 684-4285. For more
information about DPBH, please visit: http://dpbh.nv.gov.