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California recognized by March of Dimes for advancements in the health of moms and babies
Date:3/19/2014

or women who are medically eligible, avoiding multiples from fertility treatments, avoiding elective cesarean sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless medically necessary. To further accelerate progress, the March of Dimes believes it is critical to invest in highly innovative, transdisciplinary research to discover the underlying causes of preterm birth and its consequences.

"While this percentage is a marked improvement in California's preterm birth rate, we will continue our work to give all babies a healthy start in life because yearly, nearly 50,000 babies in California are still born too soon, before their lungs, brains or other organs are fully developed," said Karyn

DeMartini, State Director of the California Chapter of March of Dimes. "We will continue to work together to improve access to health care, help women quit smoking and, through our Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait consumer education campaign, encourage women and health care providers to avoid scheduling a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless medically necessary. Partnerships with our state health officials, local hospitals, and elected representatives have helped us make newborn health a priority in California and made an incredible difference in babies' lives."


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Contact: Sheri Lunn
slunn@marchofdimes.com
818-539-2191
March of Dimes Foundation
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