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October 20, 2008

Heather Howard

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Commissioner Howard Kickoffs Prenatal Care Campaign Saint Peter’s University Hospital Prenatal Roundtable Tomorrow




Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard will kickoff a two-month campaign tomorrow to raise awareness about the importance of early prenatal care and preconception health in having a healthy pregnancy and baby.


Tomorrow’s kickoff of the campaign entitled A Healthy You Equals a Healthy Baby speaks to every woman thinking about having a baby. It will be held at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and will feature a roundtable discussion among physicians, nurses, experts in maternal fetal medicine and members of the prenatal care task force that the commissioner appointed earlier this year. An expectant mother who had two previous deliveries at Saint Peter’s also will take part in the discussion.


The forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, Room 1, on the ground floor. The hospital is located at 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick.


As part of the campaign, Commissioner Howard will visit Federally Qualified Health Centers, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clinics, college campuses, a conference for women and a baby shower for pregnant women and expectant fathers. During these visits, Commissioner Howard will emphasize the need for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle before, during and in between pregnancies.


The kickoff of this educational campaign follows the September release of the Prenatal Care Task Force report, which recommended raising awareness of preconception care and family planning services among women before they get pregnant, to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. For more information on the Prenatal Care Task Force report please visit  


Media are welcome to attend the panel discussion. For directions to Saint Peter’s please see





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