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Capital Regional hosts seminar on premature births

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By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – November is Prematurity Awareness Month. As Sascha Cordner reports, Capital Regional Medical Center is hosting a free seminar to answer any questions women may have about taking care of their babies before and after pregnancy to prevent newborn deaths.

Ann Smith, the chief Nursing Officer at Capital Regional Medical Center, says the "Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Seminar" will educate both expectant and new mothers. She says currently premature births are the number one killer of newborns, and what better way to make people more aware than during National Prematurity Awareness Month?

"If you're looking at getting pregnant in the future, how can you have the healthiest body for that baby and if you are pregnant now, how can you remain healthy? Because it has been known that if you do have unhealthy habits or you have health history issues that can cause premature births."

The March of Dimes recently gave Florida the low rating of a "D" regarding the state's premature birth rate. The Seminar will be held at the Capital Regional Medical Center conference room from 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday.