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Health and Wellness Newsroom

Healthy Start to Hold Workshop on Wednesday Evening

Monday November 6, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (November 6, 2006) The Health Department’s Healthy Start initiative will hold a workshop entitled Why Prenatal Care is Too Late on Wednesday evening.

The event will be held Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the University Club at 2001 S. Brook Street on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus.

Dr. Ruth Ann Shepherd, the Director of Child Health Improvement for the Kentucky Department for Public Health will speak. The theme of her talk will be that high risk behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol and drug use should be addressed before a woman becomes pregnant rather than afterwards to ensure a safe pregnancy that avoids miscarriage, low birth weight, or birth defects. Physicians should be discussing these issues with women of childbearing age before the women think about becoming pregnant and between pregnancies. Dr. Shepherd will also give the latest CDC guidelines on what health screenings should be provided to women of childbearing age.

The workshop is geared primarily toward physicians such as family practitioners, OB/GYN physicians, pediatricians, nurses and other health care professionals. 

Phone 634-6088 to register or for more information.