Newark, NJ—This year the New Jersey March of Dimes partnered with local organizations to announce the expansion of its national ‘Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait’ program to several hospitals and wellness centers in Newark, N.J. including, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The primary goal of the community-based program is to reduce the rate of singleton (one baby) preterm births with particular concern for reducing preterm birth within the African American community.
Preterm birth can be described as giving birth more than three weeks before the baby is due and African-American women are more than one and a half times as likely to have a preterm baby compared to white women; and disparities persist even when age, education and other demographics are considered.
In Newark, the preterm birth rate for African-American women was 18.6 percent in 2009, while the overall rate for the city was 16.5 percent – both numbers substantially higher than the statewide preterm birth rate of 12 percent.
“Even though these numbers are high, we are optimistic about the program and resources we have in place and believe that educating women about their risk factors and letting them know that access to health care is available, can significantly improve their chances of having a healthy full term pregnancy,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait provides education for perinatal providers, pregnant women, and the greater Newark community on the problem of preterm birth, its risk factors and strategies for reducing risk. Additionally, the program provides evidence-based clinical and public health interventions to reduce preterm birth while also working to increase early entry and access to local prenatal care.
For more information about this program and for resources relating to preterm birth, visit www.marchofdimes.com.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call (973) 926-7000.
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Date: October 22, 2012
Contact: Beth Salamon
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