We want to make sure all moms-to-be visit a doctor. That’s because just one simple cervical exam may increase your likelihood of having a healthy delivery by almost 50%. And healthy babies are how we create healthier communities and a healthier Detroit.
With the support of the Mayor’s office, major medical institutions, universities, foundations, and insurance companies, we’ve built a caring and supportive team dedicated to turning the tide against dangerous pre-term births. In Detroit, 18% of babies are born premature. Research shows that coordinated prenatal care and targeted interventions, when necessary, can radically reduce the risks.
A simple sonogram test, for example, can determine if a woman has a short cervix, which is a cause of preterm birth. The prescription of a medication, a progesterone suppository, may drop the danger of preterm delivery by 45% and the risk of respiratory distress syndrome by 61%. Progestogens are also able to reduce preterm birth in women with a prior history.
The science is clear. The key is information and collaboration. Simple steps can have a dramatic effect on getting babies to term. And that’s the mission behind Make Your DateSM Detroit.
Make Your DateSM Detroit is supported by a remarkable coalition of civic leaders and medical experts. We work with physicians to ensure that all patients are offered appropriate tests or treatments, and we work with insurers and public health leaders to ensure that all women in Detroit have easy access to prenatal care and coverage. We have the commitment of Mayor Mike Duggan and other city leaders to ensure that challenges like access to transportation or health care information are overcome, so that moms in all Detroit neighborhoods are supported.
Make Your DateSM Detroit also works to inspire all of us as neighbors, businesses, media, and community activists to help us reduce preterm births and infant mortality in Detroit. If you’re expecting, we’re expecting. So we encourage everyone to be creative on behalf of moms and babies. Whether you’re a pharmacist or a hairdresser spreading the word, or a restaurant hosting discounted dinner nights for moms-to-be, every little bit of support adds up to a community of caring and a brighter future for Detroit and our next generation.