premature babies

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With the opening of The NICU Family Support Program at UC Medical Center, The March of Dimes, UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have another element in their multi-pronged approach of studying and helping parents deal with preterm labor.


The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.

StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public.

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Area health agencies and hospitals are joining county and city leaders to launch a collaborative tasked with reducing the rate at which babies die before their first birthdays.

At a launch celebration Thursday at the Freedom Center, Dr. Jim Greenberg of Children's Hospital said premature birth is one of the largest problems.