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2003-10-15 tracking communities section
Program to educate mothers-to-be
Cletus Turner
INEZ Pregnant women can now find out what they need to know about how tobacco, alcohol and other drugs will affect their unborn child.

The Kids Now program, a part of the Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies Program be held on Oct. 31 at the Roy F. Collier Community Center from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Kids Now, is a free program sponsored by the Mountain Regional Prevention Center.

It provides helpful information on having a healthy baby during a "baby shower." The shower is actually a two-hour class taught by a trained prevention specialist and will focus on the effects of drugs on unborn children during pregnancy and while breast feeding.

"The program will focus on a healthy start for children," Spokesperson Dewana Warrix Duke said. "We service Martin, Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin and Pike Counties. Kids Now goes into each county and we give information about how women in those areas can have healthy babies."

According to information provided by the Kids Now program, several important issues are presented to participants of the class. For instance, all drug, tobacco and alcohol related birth defects are 100 percent preventable. Also, a mother's use of alcohol during pregnancy is the leading cause of mental retardation. The information also said that everything a pregnant woman eats, drinks, inhales or injects will reach the baby during pregnancy.

"This class is very important for healthy babies because the education a mother receives can effect her behavior," Duke said. "It is important that mothers understand that if she thinks she is pregnant there is no safe time for drinking, using drugs or smoking."

Those wishing to participate in the class must pre-register by calling 1-800-432-9337.

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