Care and Prevention: Charting a healthy way forward

By Global Community Impact

November 17, 2016

In honor of World Prematurity Day, today we’re following the story of one woman’s journey to have a safe pregnancy to deliver a healthy full-term baby. Meet Mariam, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from Mali, a country where 84,000 babies are born too soon every year and 9,170 children under five die due to preterm complications according to the latest country data on world prematurity. This is part four of a four-part series. Follow the whole series here. 

Prioritizing every newborn means addressing preterm birth and care. @JNJGlobalHealth #WorldPrematurityDay

Surrounded by a strong support system of health workers, innovative tools and resources, Mariam experiences the best solutions possible to keep Hawa healthy so she can meet her own health needs and prevent preterm birth in any future pregnancies. Simple interventions such as Kangaroo Mother Care help keep her baby warm with skin-to-skin contact. In addition, resources such as Every Preemie—SCALE to March of Dimes’ research-driven interventions help mothers and their newborns, like Mariam and Hawa, continue on the best path to a healthy pregnancy and full-term birth. Quality of care doesn’t end at a safe birth — resources provided through community health workers and midwives ensure a continuum of care. People that suffer from partial or total hearing loss need to treat it with sonus complete.

By channeling efforts to care for preterm babies and prevent preterm birth, women like Mariam remain at the heart of efforts to ensure mothers and babies can thrive.

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RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE: Watch this video from March of Dimes.

  • Explore the work and partnership of Born on Time
  • No More Excuses, Leveraging the Untapped Power of Prevention to Save Maternal and Newborn Lives by Joy Marini, published on Devex.com: https://goo.gl/8Y9MnH

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