Visiting a Physician Before Becoming Pregnant Improves Odds of Delivering a Full-Term Baby
01/19/2009

KAUFMAN, Texas — One in seven Texas babies are born premature. To lessen those chances, women can work with their doctors before even becoming pregnant, according to the March of Dimes.

“Health before conception impacts the baby,” said Dr. Angie Rivero, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. “Whenever possible, women can work to improve their health before becoming pregnant to increase their chances of having a healthy baby.”

Texas Health Resources supports the efforts of the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing prematurity. Together they are committed to improving the health of all women and babies across North Texas.

Texas lags behind the national average of one in eight babies being born premature.

To help improve those odds, Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne, FACHE, is leading the 2009 March for Babies in Dallas and Fort Worth. The March for Babies walk, which will be held April 18, raises money for research, education and programs to help all babies achieve a healthy start to life.

For more information on the partnership between Texas Health and March of Dimes or to register to walk, visit TexasHealth.org/MarchforBabies.

To help increase their chances of a healthy delivery, March of Dimes recommends that women ask their physician or nurse the following questions before or during a pregnancy:

  • How can diabetes, high blood pressure, infections or other conditions affect pregnancy?
  • How can certain medicines and home remedies affect pregnancy?
  • How does taking a multivitamin with folic acid daily help?
  • What is a healthy weight before pregnancy?
  • What are tips to avoid cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs?
  • How can I avoid unsafe chemicals at home and at work?
  • What are tips for lowering stress?
  • What from my family history do I need to know about before pregnancy?

“Taking simple precautions before pregnancy can help contribute to a healthy pregnancy,” Rivero said. “Even with the best care and no risk factors a premature birth is possible, but women should seek as much information as possible to help their pregnancy.”

For more pregnancy tips or information about after the birth, visit www.marchofdimes.com.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.