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48 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico Are Pledging to Reduce Premature Birth


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48 STATES--PLUS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND PUERTO RICO--HAVE PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT TO GIVE MORE BABIES A HEALTHY START IN LIFE, BY REDUCING BOTH PREMATURE BIRTH AND INFANT-MORTALITY--ACCORDING TO THE MARCH OF DIMES, AND THE ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS.  THE GOAL IS TO DECREASE THE RATE OF PREMATURE BIRTH, IN EACH STATE, BY EIGHT-PERCENT--BY 2014.  THE PLEDGE HAS BEEN CHAMPIONED BY THE ASSOCIATION'S PRESIDENT, DOCTOR DAVID LAKEY [AS IN "LAKE"]...

(LAKEY):
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I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE MY COLLEAGUES AT STATE- AND TERRITORIAL-HEALTH-AGENCIES, ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, EMBRACE THIS CHALLENGE.  TOGETHER, WE ARE MAKING CHANGES THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT FAMILIES, BY IMPROVING BIRTH-OUTCOMES.  ALL BABIES DESERVE A HEALTHY BEGINNING--AND WE OWE IT TO MOTHERS-TO-BE TO DO WHAT WE CAN, TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN."

(BRIDGE):
NEARLY HALF-A-MILLION BABIES IN THE U-S--OR JUST UNDER 12-PERCENT--ARE BORN TOO SOON, EACH YEAR.  IT'S THE LEADING CAUSE OF NEWBORN-DEATH--AND BABIES WHO SURVIVE AN EARLY BIRTH OFTEN FACE THE RISK OF LIFETIME HEALTH-CHALLENGES.  JENNIFER HOWSE [LIKE "HOUSE"] IS THE MARCH OF DIMES' PRESIDENT...

(HOWSE):
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IF EACH STATE MEETS THE EIGHT-PERCENT CHALLENGE, IT WOULD MEAN THAT, EACH YEAR, 40-THOUSAND MORE BABIES HAVE A HEALTHY START IN LIFE.  MEETING THIS GOAL WOULD LOWER THE NATION'S PRETERM-BIRTH RATE TO ABOUT 11-PERCENT--AND WOULD SAVE ABOUT TWO-BILLION DOLLARS, EACH YEAR, IN HEALTHCARE-COSTS."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "A-S-T-H-O"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"HEALTHY-BABIES".



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