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The Benefits of Planning for Your Reproductive Future

by Kweli Rashied-Henry

During my teenage years, my girlfriends always provided good advice. From who to date and what outfit to wear to school, to what colleges to apply to and how to bargain shop. They did not have a say, however, in my figuring out when to have children. Planning for my reproductive future was always a tricky subject. Between talks with my dad about the consequences of being a teen mom, and the dirty looks given to my fellow students who got pregnant as teenagers, it was a distant goal and definitely not something I intended at a young age. However, there is far more talk today about reproductive life planning, especially among young adults.

National Women's Health Week Webinars

National Women's Health week is May 13-19. The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is celebrating the week by offering two free lunchtime webinars. We invite you to join us!

May 15, 2012 – 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Reproductive Life Planning: Simple strategies to help your patients plan ahead

Presented by Rovonda Bradford, MA and Sarah Wright, MA

Attendees will:

Wake County doctor talks about the importance of folic acid and multivitamins

Dr. Deborah Norton is a champion for women, babies and neural tube defect (NTD) prevention. While pursuing her MPH in 1995, she became fascinated with the Folic Acid Campaign (originally known as the North Carolina Folic Acid Council). Dr. Norton, Women's Health Clinic Program Manager for Wake County Human Services, continues to be involved with the campaign by educating all of her patients, every day, about the importance of folic acid. 

“Taking one multivitamin [with folic acid] daily is such an easy step for women to take, and has such enormous benefit! It prevents a life-time of suffering for the child and the family,” said Norton. 

Student Service Fair Attracts Community Ambassadors at East Carolina University!

Nothing could be finer than to be at East Carolina in August! As an East Carolina University alumna, I found it to be a great honor and privilege to take part in the Volunteer Service Learning Center’s Annual Service Fair which took part in conjunction with the “Get a Clue” event that is held at the beginning of each academic school year in the heart of campus. This event is designed to bring awareness to new and returning students concerning the agencies and organizations that are on campus and in the surrounding community. The March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign was one of 50 vendors that took part in the service fair along with countless others who filled the University yard with tables, tents, giveaways and much more. 

Training health care providers on how best to support young moms in their communities

The regional coordinators sure have been hard at work conducting large group trainings for the Young Moms Connect project! 

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the project, Young Moms Connect: Communities Supporting Young Families is a federal grant from the Office of Adolescent Health that is administered by the North Carolina Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch. The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign was contracted by the State to complete several facets of the Young Moms Connect project.

Education and outreach in Mecklenburg County reaches hundreds of Hispanic women

The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is delighted to have been awarded a grant from the CDC. This is the second year in a row that the CDC has awarded us a grant for the “Promotora de Salud” (Lay Health Educator) program. The program provides folic acid education and supplements to Hispanic women in an effort to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects among that highly susceptible population. This year the program is taking place in Mecklenburg County.

In April of this year, we hired two amazing “Promotoras” to carry out this work. Jocelyn Segura, a native of the Dominican Republic, serves as our full-time Promotora. She is the mother of four children and recently became a grandmother for the first time. Prior to working with the Campaign, she worked with an agency as a CNA and has volunteered with Mi Casa Su Casa, the Bethesda Health Clinic and her church. 

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