Why is going to the doctor so important? Regular doctor or midwife visits can help keep your baby from being born too soon – the #1 cause of baby deaths in Ohio. Go to the doctor as soon as you think you’re pregnant.
Besides death, being born too soon can cause:
- Mental illness, obesity and breathing problems later in life
- Kids having a harder time in school
- Kids growing up not able to work
It Can Happen to You
There are lots of reasons why babies are born too soon. The best way to have a healthy baby is to go to the doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner all during your pregnancy. There may be problems you don’t know about. Simple things like bladder infections can cause babies to be born too soon. So can diseases like diabetes. Going to the doctor can help you stay on top of ANY health concerns.
We know it can be hard when you have other kids and a job to get to the doctor especially if you don’t have a car. And we know life can be super stressful. That’s why Ohio doctors, midwives and nurses are being trained to better understand the challenges you face daily. Find help through your health insurance company. Or other local resources. We have lots listed on OurBabiesCount.org.
You can also hear from other moms, experts and local programs around Ohio share experience and helpful information on having a healthy pregnancy on the Our Babies Count blog.
Watch videos of moms-to-be talking with Our Babies Count at local events, including baby showers we’ve cohosted with radio stations (Cleveland Z107.9; Cincinnati 101.1 WIZF; Toledo The Juice 107.3), local programs (Canton-Stark THRIVE, Alliance Family Health Center, Butler PRIM and High HOPES, Cradle Cincinnati, Sunlight Village/West Dayton Health Promotion Partnership), medical professionals and others.