March of Dimes helps moms ‘Make a PACT’ to prevent preterm births

Insider Louisville LogoThe Greater Kentucky chapter of the March of Dimes is making some great progress in reducing the number of preterm births around the Commonwealth, but there is still much work to do, according to a Passport-sponsored article in Insider Louisville.

Since 2010, the number of preterm births in Kentucky has gone down each year, from 13.7 percent in 2010 to 12.6 percent in 2013, according to the latest information from the March of Dimes. Overall infant mortality rates dropped from 7.2 percent in 2012 to 6.4 percent in 2013, while Jefferson County saw a much greater decrease, as the rate of infant mortality dropped from 8.2 percent in 2012 to 4.9 percent in 2013.

That’s the good news. But it’s not all good news, and that’s why the March of Dimes continues to work hard to prevent preterm births and improve the fate of all babies and moms. And through its mission of preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality, progress continues to be made here in Kentucky, according to Leslie Bailey, executive director of the Greater Kentucky chapter of the March of Dimes.

In January, the chapter participated in March of Dimes National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a campaign that encourages expectant mothers to adopt healthy habits and lifestyle choices. It teamed with the Kentucky Department of Public Health to raise awareness of the issue of birth defects, which affects about 7,000 babies born in Kentucky annually, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The campaign, called ”Make a PACT for Prevention”, focuses on steps women should take to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. PACT stands for “Plan, Avoid, Choose, Talk.”

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