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Book to prevent preterm birth

Details of a program that successfully reduced preterm birth are available for health care professionals in a new book from the March of Dimes.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., -- Thousands more babies were born full-term in Kentucky after the Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait program successfully was piloted there. The program, which was aimed at preventing preterm birth and giving women the information they need to make healthy decisions during pregnancy, now has been expanded to other states. Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait: A Collaborative Partnership to Reduce Preterm Births in Kentucky Through Community-Based Interventions, 2007-2009, describes this innovative initiative, developed by the March of Dimes and the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute (now Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions) to respond to an alarming rise in the preterm birth rate in the United States that peaked in 2006.

Data published in the book demonstrate that HBWW achieved a statistically significant reduction in preterm birth rates over 60 months, not only in the intervention sites in Kentucky but also in the comparison sites and the remainder of that state. It provided evidence for an effective program that is now being applied in other communities, including Kentucky, Kansas, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. (SOURCE: March of Dimes)

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