July 27, 2017

Director's Letter  

Are you ready for some BIG news?! 

Our first paper on Protect our Children NOW! at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is now published. This is it. Findings from previous randomized controlled trials have been moved into practice, and the results of that larger scale "field trial" support the RCT findings.
  • 60% lower risk of preterm birth in MUSC's Protect our Children NOW! field trial. Over one thousand women were tested and given vitamin D throughout their pregnancies. The results were 60% lower risk of preterm birth for women with vitamin D levels of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) or higher as compared to those with levels less than 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L).
Here is a list of the previous randomized controlled trials and their papers:
The message is clear--let's move quickly to save the health of the next generation.  We can help prevent preterm births now, we don't need more research to get started with the testing and supplementation of pregnant women.

Folic acid is currently considered a must for pregnant women as it has been shown to reduce neural tube defects up to 70%. It still took 30 years to become standard practice.

We can't wait 30 years to get vitamin D to all pregnant women!

Our plan is to continue to shout this off the rooftops, but we can use your help. The dominoes are falling. The next step is to get 10-15 hospitals around the world to start their Protect our Children NOW! field trials. Each of these hospitals will have 2,000-3,000 deliveries a year. That means we can prevent 1,500 - 2,000 preterm births; prevent up to 2,500 women from getting post-partum depression; up to 2,200 women from getting gestational diabetes; and more. Read our disease incidence prevention chart for pregnancy for more information.

You can help by donating to our We Can't WAIT project fund. Hospitals are ready to go. Funding will allow us to help hospitals implement Protect our Children NOW! in a short 2 year period. We are also inviting commercial sponsors. All donations will help us establish one of the first major moves towards a culture of health vs. treating disease. Please contact us with any questions. 

Carole Baggerly 
Director, GrassrootsHealth 
Moving Research into Practice NOW!
Vitamin D Regimen Lowers Preterm Birth 60% in Field Trial with 1,000 Women

This paper is a research analysis from data of 1,064 women who received prenatal care and delivered at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) between September 2015 and December 2016. During this time frame, MUSC implemented GrassrootsHealth's Protect our Children  NOW!  program which supplies institutions everything they need to incorporate vitamin D into the standard of care for pregnant women.
  Why It Is Important to Eradicate Preterm Birth

Preterm birth is defined as a birth before 37 weeks gestation. One of the reasons GrassrootsHealth has created a field trial around pregnancy and preterm birth is very specific - there is a defined time frame and babies either are or are not preterm.  There are more than 1000 preterm births a day in the US and  preterm birth is cited as the reason for 28% of newborn deaths (first month of life). 
Top Pregnancy & Vitamin D Research

Maternal 25(OH)D concentrations ≥40 ng/mL associated with 60% lower preterm birth risk among general obstetrical patients at an urban medical center
Sharon McDonnell et al.
A GrassrootsHealth Paper
July 24, 2017

Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy: Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial of Safety and Effectiveness

Bruce W. Hollis et al.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
October 2011
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German Translation of the Abstract

Post-hoc comparison of vitamin D status at three timepoints during pregnancy demonstrates lower risk of preterm birth with higher vitamin D closer to delivery
Carol L. Wagner et al.
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
April 2015
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Post-Hoc analysis of vitamin D status and reduced risk of preterm birth in two vitamin D pregnancy cohorts compared with South Carolina March of Dimes 2009-2011 rates
Carol L. Wagner et al.
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
January 2016
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Maternal 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Preterm Birth in Twin Gestations
Lisa M. Bodnar et al.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
July 2013
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Does Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Increase the Risk of Preterm Birth: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies

Lu-Lu Qin et al.
May 2016
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Effect of Prenatal Supplementation With Vitamin D on Asthma or Recurrent Wheezing in Offspring by Age 3 Years
Augusto A. Litonjua et al.
January 26, 2016
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Maternal Versus Infant Vitamin D Supplementation During Lactation: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Bruce W. Hollis et al. 
October 2015
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High-Dose Vitamin D3 Supplementation in a Cohort of Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Infants: A 6-Month Follow-Up Pilot Study
Carol L. Wagner et al.
Breastfeeding Medicine
July 2006
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