Healthy Communities
17P Campaign

Prematurity is the leading cause of infant death in North Carolina, and the rates are steadily increasing. In North Carolina, 16,000 babies are born prematurely and hospital costs for Medicaid have reached $120 million annually. The 17P Campaign to Prevent Repeat Premature Birth is the latest project of the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition. The following resources are now available for your use.

Footprints of Hope – A Mom to Mom Video about 17P
The Coalition produced a 15-minute educational video in English and Spanish about 17P. It was developed by mothers for mothers. The video features the stories of mothers who have taken 17P, as well as detailed information from physicians about the use of this medication. To purchase or view the DVD, please contact Debbie Mason at 336-703-3260 or email her.

17P and Preterm Birth17P Fact Sheets
The UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health designed two fact sheets for patients about 17P. One is in English and the other in Spanish. These fact sheets are designed for providers to print from this website and have available for immediate use.

Free 17P Booklets for Moms
Information booklets for mothers are also available in English and Spanish. These booklets are easy to read and address a number of concerns mothers may have when deciding if 17P is right for them. These booklets also provide a useful medication record. For additional resources on 17P, please visit

Coming Soon!
A toolkit to help families who have suffered the loss of an infant.

Contact Information

The Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition is a community partnership housed within the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.

(336) 703-3260

Did You Know . . .

The majority of local babies who die are born more than three months too early.