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    Marching For Moms and Babies

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | March 24th, 2024

    Marching For Moms and Babies

    I am honored to announce that I have been chosen as the 2024 Ambassador for March of Dimes – March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ walk, hosted by the Gamma Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated. This walk is crucial in enhancing the well-being of mothers and babies.  Your donation and participation on May 19, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio, can make a real difference. Please consider joining or contributing to this worthy cause. Below is my message posted on the March of Dimes website.

    I am Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu, an obstetrician/gynecologist serving Central Ohio. It is my privilege to be selected as the 2024 Ambassador for March of Dimes – March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ walk, hosted by the Gamma Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a professional organization of registered nurses and nursing students, is dedicated to fostering healthy communities through advocacy, collaboration, education, leadership, research, and service, guided by their motto “Service for Humanity.”

    March of Dimes, committed to improving the health of all moms and babies, aims to eradicate preventable maternal health risks and deaths, reduce preterm birth and infant mortality, and bridge the health equity gap. Though there is not a March of Dimes Chapter in Central Ohio, the Gamma Eta Chapter recognized the significance of March of Dimes mission and chose to partner with the national organization for the March for Babies walk.

    Despite my 25 years of experience, the joy of delivering a baby remains unparalleled. Yet, the United States continues to fall behind other developed nations in childbirth safety particularly for women and babies of color. In Franklin County, nearly three babies die before their first birthday each week, with Non-Hispanic Black infants being 4.1 times more likely to die than Non-Hispanic White infants in 2023, a disturbing increase from 2.5 in 2022.

    We have the power to change these statistics. Every mother deserves a safe pregnancy and the chance to see her child thrive. By participating in the March for Babies on May 19, 2024, we will contribute to March of Dimes’ initiatives in research, advocacy, resources, education, and community partnerships nationwide, all aimed at improving maternal and infant health.

    Join me and the Gamma Eta Chapter team on May 19, 2024, as we strive to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. Every contribution counts, and I am confident we can surpass this target with your support.

    While I enjoy competitive walking, this event is not about racing or medals. We will walk a one-mile course at Wolfe Park, with registration starting at 2:00 PM and the walk kicking off at 3:00 PM. It is about joining a movement dedicated to ensuring that every mother, regardless of her background, enjoys the full blessings of motherhood with a healthy baby. I look forward to seeing you there.

    Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu is the Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center at Doctors Hospital/OhioHealth. She is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a Lead Physician for OhioHealth Physician Group -Obstetrics and Gynecology at Nike Drive. She is the author of several books, including the recent publication Sincerely, Your Gynecologist.

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    With her trademark wit and straightforward communication, Dr. Osuagwu continues to dole out valuable medical advice using the letter form and addressing women’s health conditions and issues in a method that was praised for its innovative approach in her earlier award-winning book, Letters to My Sisters: Plain Truths and Straightforward Advice from a Gynecologist. In this book, each letter is paired with reference sources and statistics about the condition that is the subject of the letter.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

    The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.

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