Expectant Mothers:

 Scroll to learn what you can do to prevent having a premature baby.

Key facts from the World Health Organization:

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born premature (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising.

Premature birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age and were responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015 (1).

Three-quarters of these deaths could have been prevented with current, cost-effective interventions.

Across 184 countries, the rate of premature birth ranges from 5% to 18% of all babies born for those areas.

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St. Joseph’s Health was awarded a grant to reduce premature births
in Central New York.

The Preemie Prevention grant team at St. Joseph’s Health is committed to improving the health outcomes of women and children in Central New York.This work is supported through a grant from the Central New York Care Collaborative.

Our team is dedicated to working collaboratively to provide and support resources that help women to deliver healthy, full-term babies. Through implementation of evidence-based strategies, screening of all pregnant women, development of action plans and referrals to appropriate community resources that make sense for mom and baby, we can make a difference.

St. Joseph’s Health is committed to providing women with integrated, individualized care within one system. The Women’s Physician Referral Services at St. Joseph’s Health is available to help patients find the physician who will best fit their individual medical needs. Please use the information below to speak with a Physician Referral Specialist to start a better health care experience.

WOMEN’S PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICES
Email: womenshealth@sjhsyr.org
Phone: 888.785.6371

WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Phone: 315.448.5515

THE BIRTH PLACE
Phone: 315.448.5399

LACTATION SERVICES
Phone: 315.448.5323

BIRTH CERTIFICATE OFFICE
Phone: 315.448.5161

CHILDBIRTH & NEW-FAMILY CLASSES
Phone: 315.448.5515
Email: childbirth.classes@sjhsyr.org

JOSEPH’S HOUSE
Website: josephshouseforwomen.org
Provides a nurturing home
for mothers facing an
unplanned pregnancy

Risk Factors That Can Cause Premature Births:

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IS ANY TOBACCO SAFE FOR YOUR BABY DURING PREGNANCY?

NO. Using tobacco products, including
e-cigarettes, is not healthy for you
or your baby!

Every time you inhale smoke, your baby gets less oxygen and takes in harmful chemicals. Risks include: premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage and still birth. After birth, your baby has a higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), allergies, ear infections, asthma, childhood cancers and
learning difficulties.

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HOW MUCH ALCOHOL CAN A PREGNANT WOMAN DRINK?

There is NO safe amount of alcohol you can drink while pregnant!

Babies exposed to alcohol during pregnancy
are at risk of:

Premature Birth | Low Birth Weight
Physical Deformities | Behavioral Problems
Lifelong Disabilities

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IS RECREATIONAL DRUG USE SAFE TO DO WHILE PREGNANT?

NO. If you use drugs, so does your
unborn baby!

When you are pregnant, anything that you take into your body - oxygen, food, fluids, prescription medications or illegal drugs - is shared with your baby. Using illegal drugs during pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight, brain damage and neonatal abstinence syndrome. NAS is when a baby withdraws from drugs he or she is exposed to.

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DOMESTIC ABUSE TENDS TO...

happen more during pregnancy than at any other time. Abuse is any behavior that tries to control another person through fear, humiliation, verbal,
physical or sexual abuse.

Pregnant women who experience domestic violence are twice as likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby.

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TOO MUCH STRESS IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU, ESPECIALLY WHILE PREGNANT.

Severe prolonged stress is known to cause premature labor and low birth weight babies.

Surround yourself with loving,
supportive people.

Open up about how you’re feeling. Seek assistance from your health care provider, a counselor or a social worker.

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ORAL CARE IN PREGNANCY IS IMPORTANT

Why does it matter?

Having healthy teeth and gums when you are pregnant will help keep you healthy. There are germs in your mouth that cause tooth decay.
These germs can be passed to your baby.

Moms with healthy teeth and gums are less likely to pass these germs to their babies.

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How We Can Help!

Preemie Prevention is about collaborating with birthing hospitals and practices that provide obstetrical services in Cayuga, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.

Premature birth is defined as a birth that takes place prior to 37 weeks gestation. According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), one out of every 10 infants is born prematurely. There are many health problems associated with premature births and it is the leading cause of infant death.

Tobacco, alcohol and drug use, stressful situations and inadequate oral care while pregnant are all risk factors associated with premature birth. It is very important for health care providers to screen and counsel for these factors.

Healthy People 2020 goal for Total Premature Birth Rates (<37 weeks) is 11.4% or less and the NYS Prevention Agenda Goal (2013-2018) is 10.2% of the population. Based on the data from the NYSDOH the percentage of premature births for this six county area ranges between 6 – 13%. While the majority of the six counties in this region are currently below the national and state goals, there have been no significant changes since 2005.

How does St. Joseph’s Health measure up?

As an integral part of the Syracuse and Central New York community for nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Health provides quality and compassionate care to all.

St. Joseph’s is in a unique position to facilitate this initiative and has had experience with similar projects. In 2004, St. Joseph’s Health received grants worth nearly $1.2 million to establish The Central New York Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems (the Center). In 2009, St. Joseph’s received a five-year, $1.3 million state grant to effect system change in relation to tobacco dependence treatment. In 2014, the Center was awarded two five-year state grants totaling $3 million to further tobacco health system initiatives in a fourteen county area.

Today, the Center positively impacts tobacco cessation initiatives and implements system and policy change. A recent success was the passing of Tobacco 21 legislation in Onondaga County.

In regard to managing prenatal care, St. Joseph’s comprehensive new maternity services and Level III Perinatal Center with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are guided by a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and registered nurses who work together to develop a plan of care that meets both mother’s and baby’s physical and emotional needs.

St. Joseph’s places the most advanced pregnancy and birthing technologies in the expert hands of our physicians and nurses. St. Joseph’s further excels through our unmatched quality and compassionate care. Such recognition serves as further motivation to always strive for higher-quality maternity care. As a result, St. Joseph’s Health has earned the following awards and distinctions:

• U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital
• 2018 Women’s Choice Award For Obstetrics
• BFUSA Baby Friendly Designation 2014 – 2019
• Magnet Designation
• Bluecross Blueshield Blue Distinction Center For Maternity Care
• 2017 Guardian Of Excellence Award

WOMEN’S PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICES
Email: womenshealth@sjhsyr.org
Phone: 888.785.6371

WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Phone: 315.448.5515

THE BIRTH PLACE
Phone: 315.448.5399

LACTATION SERVICES
Phone: 315.448.5323

BIRTH CERTIFICATE OFFICE
Phone: 315.448.5161

CHILDBIRTH & NEW-FAMILY CLASSES
Phone: 315.448.5515
Email: childbirth.classes@sjhsyr.org

JOSEPH’S HOUSE
Website: josephshouseforwomen.org
Provides a nurturing home for mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy

St. Joseph's Health Awards & Recognition's