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Date:12/12/2007

n in New York City during a National Communications Advisory Council (NCAC) luncheon entitled "Pregnancy & The Workplace: Best Practices for Mothers and Babies." The event was held at the Conde Nast Building at 4 Times Square. Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of "Fox & Friends" on the FOX News Channel, moderated the discussion.

The panel included:

-- Tammy Palazzo, Vice President, Research and Women's Initiatives for Working Mother Media. The magazine publishes its annual "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" issue every fall.

-- Victoria Dickson, Director of Employee Health & Wellness for CIGNA. Earlier this year, CIGNA implemented the March of Dimes "Healthy Babies, Healthy Business" (HBHB) program, a multi-dimensional Internet-based health education program, on the company's "My CIGNA" pages for subscribers.

-- Kathryn Phillips Campbell, co-author of a report by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), which represents many of the Fortune 500 companies. The NBGH issued its Maternal and Family Model Benefit Plan last month, with several sections dealing with pregnancy in the workplace.

-- Richard Schwarz, M.D., Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. He is an obstetric consultant to the March of Dimes and past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.


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