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Costs of Pregnancy much reduced by Vitamin D

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Problem Rate Medical Cost
Include 1st year
wirh Vit D
# needed
to treat
Amortized savings
per pregnancy
Preterm & LBW12% $51,800 50%20 $2,590
Low Birth
1/2 get D&C
if > 20 ng
66% 242$30

The savings due to Miscarriage and Stillbirth are so small that they can be ignored
Preterm birth and low birth weight (LBW) have a lot in common.
Cost savings of preventing preterm and LBW is most likely less than the sum of of the two
The range is from $2,600 to $5,000
Let's conservatively assume the amortized savings due to Vitamin D for a pregnancy = $3,000
Also assume that the total cost of vitamin D, instruction, tests, overhead, and paying the pregnant woman to take it is $1,000
   Could, for example, send a check of $546 to a pregnant woman with good level of vitamin D (> 40 ng)
      $546 = $2 a day X 39 weeks
This would still leave $2,000 net profit per Vitamin-D-boosted pregnancy for a Health Insurance company or Health Maintenance Organization


Appears that 1/3 of LBW is due to premature birth, 2/3 is not

The economic burden of preterm and low birth-weight (LBW) births

Inpatient Hospitalization Costs of LBW Births in Tennessee 2005

< 500g$126,015
500g to 999g$76,177
1000g to 1499g$34,688Very LBW
1500g to 1999g$14,520LBW 1
2000g to 2499g$5,853LBW 2

Note: This does not include costs of visits to doctor's offices, costs of drugs at home, etc. How many years?
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The Business Case for Promoting Healthy Pregnancy

Image page 10
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The very high costs were due to including exteremly low birth weights (< 1,250 gram)

Wikipedia chart on Low Birth Weight. Small for Gestational Age, Premature, etc


Costs of Low Birth Weight (2005)

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March of Dimes LBW - 2013

Note: Employer costs do not include employee costs such as co-pay, time off from work,
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LBW vs Race

Child Health USA 2011

LBW for countries vs year


Health at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators LBW

LBW vs country - 2011

Starting behind: Low birth weight in the United States Brookings

Smoking while pregnant

Smoking while pregnant: are the problems due to low vitamin D – July 2013
CBS story did not mention vitamin D but has the following risk factors

  • Miscarriage (known to be associated with low vitamin D)
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (known to be associated with low vitamin D)
  • mental health problems for children: ADHD, autism (known to be associated with low vitamin D)
  • premature birth, (known to be associated with low vitamin D)
  • cleft lip or palate (excess vitamin A or lack of folic)

Smoking reduces vitamin D - many studies has the following
It appears that taking Vitamin D while smoking will

  1. Decrease the incidence of the many health problems associated with smoking - even lung cancer
  2. Decrease the desire to smoke

Lower Birth Weight if Smoke and/or Non-white

Smoking: Effects on Mothers and Babies in West Virginia - 1989-1998

See also VitaminDWiki

See also web

  • D&C American Pregnancy Association - sometime before Dec 2016
    "most miscarriages occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy"
    "If the body does not expel all the tissue, the most common procedure performed to stop bleeding and prevent infection is a D&C."
    "About 50% of women who miscarry do not undergo a D&C procedure"

Attached files

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7476 Economic burden of preterm and LBW.pdf admin 11 Dec, 2016 94.42 Kb 1134
7475 The cost of prematurity - 2005.pdf admin 11 Dec, 2016 1.53 Mb 1108
7474 Business case pg 10.jpg admin 11 Dec, 2016 47.02 Kb 1058
7473 LBW vs country 2011.jpg admin 11 Dec, 2016 57.46 Kb 1434
7472 LBW and country vs years.jpg admin 11 Dec, 2016 20.14 Kb 946
7471 LBW smoking balck and white.jpg admin 11 Dec, 2016 29.63 Kb 1016
7470 LBW vs race.gif admin 11 Dec, 2016 25.84 Kb 1037
7469 March of Dimes LBW.jpg admin 11 Dec, 2016 42.08 Kb 908
7468 LBW MarchoIfDimes 2013.pdf admin 11 Dec, 2016 116.64 Kb 1026
7466 Costs of LBW.jpg admin 09 Dec, 2016 37.02 Kb 998
7465 Cost of LBW.pdf admin 09 Dec, 2016 867.27 Kb 1668
7464 Business case for Healthy Pregnancy.pdf admin 08 Dec, 2016 626.57 Kb 1668