XO Communications Helps Mothers and Babies In Need After Hurricane Katrina

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Partners for Healthy Babies hotline staffed by the American Pregnancy Association (APA) has seen calls increase tenfold in recent weeks. Now XO Communciations is making the APAÂ?s phone service free through the end of 2005.

As a first point of contact for mothers and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the Partners for Healthy Babies hotline staffed by the American Pregnancy Association (APA) has seen calls increase tenfold in recent weeks with requests for basic needs like food, diapers, formula and other assistance.

Now the APA's phone service will be free through the end of 2005 – allowing the non-profit group to direct more resources toward helping hurricane victims. The APA's communications provider, XO Communications, decided to step up to the plate when it heard about the volume of calls the group was taking in the wake of Katrina.

This comes at a critical time in particular for Louisiana, which, according to Louisiana’s Office of Public Health, has the country's highest infant mortality rate and is in far greater need after Katrina.

"Helping our customers directly help those in need only makes sense," said James McLendon, general manager of XO Communications' Dallas sales office. "Many people have and are suffering hardship as a result of this tragedy and we are happy to assist this effort."

Of the million families who were displaced from New Orleans and the surrounding area, thousands of those include mothers and babies. As a partner with Maternal Child Health Division of Louisiana, the APA serves Louisianans who call 1-800-251-BABY for help. The Partners for Healthy Baby line equips women and families with the information and resources to address the urgent health needs including formula, immunizations and access to care.

"We are hearing from mothers in dire situations who need our help," Dr. Brad Imler, President of the American Pregnancy Association, said. "The significant donation from XO Communications makes it easier for us to focus on getting help to those in need."

For more information on the American Pregnancy Association, contact the American Pregnancy Association’s toll-free education and support line at 1-800-672-2296 or visit the APA website at http://www.americanpregnancy.org

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