March Of Dimes Offers Guidance On Preparing For Pregnancy

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Guidance On Preparing For Pregnancy

"Are You Ready?" brochure offers useful info on physical, emotional and financial costs of having a baby.

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Are you ready? That's the question asked by a free new booklet from the March of Dimes that helps women and their partners plan for pregnancy and the many lifestyle changes that a baby can bring.

"Being a parent is a full-time job," says Janis Biermann, senior vice president, Education and Health Promotion, for the March of Dimes. "Before you get pregnant, it's important to think about the emotional and lifestyles issues you'll face as a parent. Our booklet 'Are You Ready?' provides information to help future mothers make decisions."

The 37-page "Are You Ready" booklet, which can be ordered free online at www.marchofdimes.com, answers questions related to the physical, emotional and financial needs of moms-to-be. The material includes facts on the importance of taking folic acid daily, eating a healthy diet, choosing a health care provider, and preparing a reasonable budget. There is also information on the important role fathers play during pregnancy. "Are You Ready?" is made possible through a generous grant from FIRST RESPONSE, a proud March of Dimes sponsor.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

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