A mere 1 out of 21 births to PATH clinic’s mothers have been premature. 5%. According to MedlinePlus, “A premature baby, or preemie, is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature birth occurs in between 8-10% of all pregnancies in the United States.” Looks like the clinic is doing well then, with only 1 premature birth.

So what?, why comment?, and what is the PATH clinic?, you wonder.

The March of Dimes shows Hawaii’s overall 2005 rate of preterm births at 12.2%.

Any type of substance use during pregnancy can increase poor or less-than-ideal outcomes, including preterm birth.

PATH clinic = Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawaii. The moms-to-be at the PATH clinic are or were addicted to some kind of substance when they first went there. Something is working because even though a group of 21 is pretty small to base statistics from, it’s enough to make a good impression and a tremendous impact.

Read the whole story about how Moms-to-be get on a better path.

Keep it up, mamas and PATH clinic! Learn more here.