NO. R-51. House concurrent resolution honoring the prenatal care and smoking cessation programs of the March of Dimes.
Offered by: Representative Grad of Moretown.
Whereas, in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the March of Dimes with a special mission to improve the health of babies through the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality, and
Whereas, one of the primary projects of the March of Dimes is to improve access and delivery of prenatal care for pregnant women and to encourage smoking cessation for pregnant women, and
Whereas, prenatal care includes screening and treatment for medical conditions and identification and intervention for behavioral risk factors associated with poor birth outcomes (e.g., smoking, poor nutrition), and
Whereas, more than 10 percent of pregnant women in Vermont do not receive adequate prenatal care, and
Whereas, pregnant women without health insurance are less likely to obtain early prenatal care, which can contribute to poor birth outcomes, and
Whereas, single Vermont women under age 30, with less than a high school education and limited access to health care, are more likely to smoke while pregnant, and
Whereas, smoking before or during pregnancy can lead to many undesirable outcomes, including placental complications, preterm delivery, low birth‑weight babies, still birth, SIDS, and prenatal death, and
Whereas, smoking increases the risk of intrauterine fetal death by 40 percent during the third trimester, and
Whereas, the single most important preventable risk factor for low birth weight is smoking during pregnancy, and
Whereas, women are more motivated to stop smoking when they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant than during any other time in their lives, and
Whereas, unfortunately, despite the enormous incentives for pregnant women to quit smoking, 20 percent of Vermont births in the year 2002 were to women who smoked while pregnant, and
Whereas, the March of Dimes is educating women regarding the critical importance, both for them and their unborn children, to access prenatal care and quit smoking when they become pregnant, and
Whereas, the General Assembly is very supportive of this vital public health educational campaign, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors the prenatal care and smoking cessation programs supported by the March of Dimes, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes in Barre.
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