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Published on November 18, 2016


November 15, 2016

For Immediate Release:
Mothers & Babies, UHS and the March of Dimes to raise awareness of world wide premature birth

BINGAHMTON, NY: November 18, 2015 is World Wide Prematurity Awareness Day. MOTHERS & BABIES Perinatal Network (M&BPN), UHS-Wilson and the March of Dimes will join with parent groups and organizations in over 60 countries around the world to raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented. The event will take place on Friday, November 18th at 11:00am in UHS Stay Healthy Center located at the Oakdale Mall near the mall entrance to Sears. Guest speakers at Friday’s event will include: Neonatologist, Dr. Paula Farrell from Wilson’s NICU, Sharon Chesna, Executive Director of Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network, Laurie S. Farrell CNY March of Dimes Development Manager and the Dougher Family, parents of premature twins.

The health of babies in the United States has taken a step backward as the nation’s preterm birth rate worsened for the first time in eight years, the March of Dimes released on November 1st. The U.S. earned a “C” grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across different races and ethnicities: “The 2016 March of Dimes Report Card demonstrates that there is an unfair burden of premature birth among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. The U.S. preterm birth rate went up from 9.57 to 9.63 in 2015, according to final data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Across the country, preterm birth rates were nearly 48 percent higher among black women and more than 15 percent higher among American Indian/Alaska Native women compared to white women.

Together we hope to ensure that every woman has a healthy pregnancy, gets early prenatal care and support services.

Mother & Babies Perinatal Network’s mission is to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes and to promote the health and wellbeing of all individuals and families and offer various services throughout the eight county region of Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Services include Perinatal Home Visiting, Health Insurance Enrollment & Problem Solving, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Education and Parent Education & Support. Its main offices are located at 457 State Street in Binghamton.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Browne, Development and Marketing Coordinator for M&BPN at 607-772-0517 ext. 133 or

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