As part of a nationwide effort championed by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), we at PCMI are spreading the word about how pregnant employees (or those who plan to be in the future) can prevent birth defects.
Did you know that every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with defects? While not all problems can be prevented, there are actions women can take to lower their risk. NBDPN’s 2015 education theme is "Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects - Make a PACT for Prevention." They encourage women to:
- (start) Planning ahead
- Avoid harmful substances
- Choose a healthy lifestyle
- Talk to your doctor
To also reduce risk of birth defects, Anthem network members can utilize these free services during their pregnancy:
Future Moms provides moms-to-be with telephone access to nurses to discuss pregnancy-related concerns. This program provides an educational packet, which includes a book about pregnancy, a questionnaire to evaluate risk for preterm delivery and other tools to help track pregnancy week-by-week and prepare for baby.
NICU is a neonatal-intensive-care-unit program providing support for high-risk newborns with nurses who help coordinate NICU care between parents and medical professionals. Onsite support is available in select states.
For more information on how to prevent birth defects, please refer to NBDPN website.