Smoking and Babies Just Don't Mix
Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy Why plan for pregnancy?

Plan so that more babies in our community can be born healthy and thrive.

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death in our community. Making changes to be as healthy as you can before you become pregnant is the best way to give your developing baby a healthy start. For this reason . . . every sexually active person wanting to prevent pregnancy should have a reliable method of birth control AND a plan in case they ever have a birth control emergency.

Planning a pregnancy gives people time to:

Pill Make healthy lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol and other drugs, taking a daily multivitamin, and improving their eating habits.
Pill Lay the groundwork for a financially secure future by finishing education or professional training, finding a job or finding a better job.
Pill Reduce stress by strengthening relationships with their spouse or partner or trying to leave a violent situation.

These changes can help women be healthy before becoming pregnant - increasing their chances of having a healthy baby later.

Not planning a pregnancy can have a negative impact on babies, families, and our entire community.

  • Unplanned pregnancies are more likely to result in premature births, lower birth weights, and higher rates of infant illness and death (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, 2004).
  • These sickly babies cost more for care. The financial burden of unhealthy babies is a long-term hardship for mothers, families, and our community as a whole.
  • Every $1 in tax money spent on contraception services saves an average of $3 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and for medical care for newborns (Facts in Brief: Contraceptive Services. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2005).
  • Over half of all pregnancies in Forsyth County are unplanned (North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, 2006.)

Helping women become pregnant when they plan to can save babies’ lives, enhance the quality of life for families in our community, and reduce the medical costs we ALL pay.

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 . . .

African American babies are 2 to 3 times more likely to die than whites.