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.