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More support for prenatal MVMs

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Continued improvements in the infant and maternal mortality rates will depend on interventions before a woman becomes pregnant, according to officials from the March of Dimes, CDC and other experts. "Preconception Care for Improving Perinatal Outcomes: The Time to Act," was published Sept. 19 as part of the Maternal & Child Health Journal. The supplement includes the use of multivitamins with folic acid to prevent birth defects. Recently the Canadian Health Food Association promoted multivitamin compliance as a way to reduce healthcare costs, (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 11, 2006, In Brief)...

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