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Agencies team up for ‘Baby & Me Tobacco Free’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Margaret Mary Health is proud to announce it will now offer the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program, in partnership with the Ripley County Health Department and Stayin’ Alive of Franklin County.Studies show nearly 12 to 20 percent of pregnant women smoke, putting both themselves and their baby at risk. The poisons found in cigarettes can not only keep the baby from getting the proper supply of nutrients and oxygen, but can also lead to low birth weight, premature birth, or even death.Pregnant women who enroll in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program receive counseling support and resources to help them quit smoking. Upon successfully quitting and staying tobacco free, enrolled participants are eligible for free diapers or wipes during the prenatal period and up to 12 months following the birth of their baby. This program employs cessation methods and guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its effectiveness has been documented through research.Women who take part in the program are asked to pledge the following:Participate in the four prenatal quit smoking sessions.Quit smoking and stay tobacco free during pregnancy.Take a monthly breath test to show she is tobacco free.Stay smoke free after baby is born to receive a monthly voucher for free diapers or wipes for up to 12 months.“Margaret Mary is committed to doing our part in lowering infant mortality rates,” says Debbie Gloyd, MMH Obstetrics Department Manager. “By offering the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program, we hope to decrease instances of premature birth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).”Margaret Mary’s Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program is proud to support women from the following counties: Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson, Ohio, Switzerland, Fayette and Rush.To learn more, or to enroll, call Debbie Gloyd at 812.933.5275.last_img read more

India pursue series victory in St Lucia

first_img… but West Indies out to stop them in today’s third TestIT was the fightback the West Indies team desperately needed. It was the fightback the series needed, too. India were on course to another thumping win against West Indies in Jamaica before a Roston Chase-led fightback helped the hosts stave off defeat and keep the series alive.Now, in St Lucia’s Darren Sammy Stadium for the third Test starting today, West Indies start off with the belief that they can make something special happen.India, still going into the game as strong favourites, will know that West Indies aren’t the mere pushovers they seemed to be in the inaugural Test.India currently lead the four-Test series 1-0, and with two games remaining, the Test at St Lucia takes a lot of significance.A win for India will seal the series for the visitors and allow them to go for the jugular at Port of Spain, while a win for the home side will give them a shot at winning the series in the final Test.India look a well-oiled machine with most departments working their way they want it to. None of the batsmen appear to be struggling for form, while the bowlers, despite the struggle on Day 5 in Jamaica, have been on top for most of the time. In fact, India face a problem of plenty leading up to the third Test.Murali Vijay, if fit, will fight for a spot along with KL Rahul, who hit a fine hundred in Jamaica, and Shikhar Dhawan. Ravindra Jadeja has been warming the benches for both Tests, and could be a viable option should Virat Kohli decide he wants the extra spinner.West Indies, on the other hand, have dropped the out-of-form Rajendra Chandrika and picked Shai Hope in his place. Hope, however, will stay on the sidelines, with Leon Johnson coming in to open.The young and promising Alzarri Joseph is also waiting in the wings and will be raring to go if handed his Test debut.The pitch at St Lucia seems to have an even grass cover on it, but the reading of it has been contrasting. While Virat Kohli reckons that the pitch is very similar to the one in Antigua and should thus help the batters, Jason Holder feels the pitch is one of the best in the Caribbean for the pacers and they should revel on such a track.Today will prove who is right, or if both are wrong.Ravichandran Ashwin needs 11 more wickets to become the 11th Indian bowler to take 200 Test wickets. If he gets there in this Test, he will be the fastest ever to the landmark, breaking the 80-year-old record held by Clarrie Grimmett, who achieved the feat in 36 Tests.– Darren Bravo has just one fifty in his last ten innings at home. His scores read 9, 82, 19, 5, 14, 11, 11, 10, 0 and 20 (most recent).– West Indies have never lost a Test in Gros Islet – winning one and drawing three. They drew their only Test played against India here in 2006 after conceding a first-innings lead of 373.– India will be playing their 250th Test match away from home, the fourth team to the mark after England, Australia and West Indies.last_img read more

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