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Ohio tries to cut back on premature births with expanded treatment programs
Report shows one-in-ten babies are born prematurely in Ohio
by WKSU's LAUREN BLUE


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Stephen Crane, Department Chairman of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Akron Children's Hospital, says educational outreach is important.
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Ohio is trying to cut back on its high rate of premature births with community outreach and expanded treatments. A report last week by the March of Dimes showed one-in-ten babies in Ohio is born prematurely. The premature birth rate for African-American infants is 14 percent.

Stephen Crane is the chairman of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital. He says access to progesterone treatments during early weeks of pregnancy and educational outreach is essential.

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“Usually you like to start it by 16 weeks gestation and continue through 37 full weeks of gestation. Some patients have not been able to afford the medication, so we actually had a grant that was allowing us to provide this medication for patients,” Crane says.   

Crane says mothers who have had premature birth should make sure they tell their doctor’s in future pregnancies.

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