March of Dimes: Healthy Babies Come From Healthy Mothers|
CLEBURNE, Texas — One in seven Texas babies is born premature. Any pregnant woman is at risk for premature labor, but 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. Ray Ford, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “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 beyond the national average, where one in eight babies is 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, the March of Dimes recommends that women ask their physician or nurse the following questions before or during a pregnancy:
“Taking simple precautions before pregnancy can help contribute to a healthy pregnancy,” Ford 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 marchofdimes.com.
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