Thursday, September 10, 2009

Join the Fight Against Preterm Birth with March of Dimes

Did you know that preterm birth has increased by 20% over the past two decades? In our country, one in eight infants is born prematurely. That’s nearly half a million babies each year.

The March of Dimes (MOD) is inviting a multidisciplinary group of health care practitioners, health insurers, policy makers—and concerned citizens—to address this growing problem. On October 8 and 9, MOD, in collaboration with American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), will sponsor the Symposium on Quality Improvement to Prevent Prematurity at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

In addition to presenting an impressive lineup of speakers, including ACNM President Melissa Avery, CNM, and Nancy Jo Reedy, CNM, the event aims to create an action plan to reduce premature births that are not medically necessary. Attendees will discuss quality improvement as an essential component in the strategy to prevent prematurity, promote health, and reduce costs. (We expect this will include underutilized strategies such as midwifery care!)

Register by Friday, September 11, and pay $200. (After Friday, the price jumps to $250.) Groups of 10 or more from one institution can e-mail to discuss a discounted registration fee.

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