Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That means approximately 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year. Childbirth educators can help families prevent and deal with detected birth defects.
There is a new Cochrane Review that was published earlier this week "Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy" that determined that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births.
A small but very positive study just released has demonstrated the ability to determine gestational age with a blood test as accurately as early ultrasound. Subsequent blood tests during the pregnancy appear to be accurate in determining who is at risk of delivering prematurely.
As the gift-giving season comes to a close, thoughts turn to the new year and new plans. Before we say goodbye to this year, consider closing out your 2017 planned giving to organizations that ethically support maternal-infant health globally, and in your own community.
Every November our focus turns to prematurity and Prematurity Awareness Month. In particular, November 17th (tomorrow) is Prematurity Awareness Day. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen and is now at 9.8% for 2016, up from 9.6 % in 2015.