SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS MONTH

Posted on September 13, 2011

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September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

Although Massachusetts ranks below the national average for rates in infant mortality, the fact that young babies die due to malnutrition, injury, and sickness every year is still troubling.

The purpose of infant mortality awareness month is to give information and dispense resources to protect our young from preventable deaths.  This month serves to inform and educate the public about infant mortality and some steps needed to deter it.

The most at risk for infant mortality are poor and minority children.  Studies have found that children of low socioeconomic status are less inclined to live healthy lifestyles, thus more likely to die at a young age.

Although the rates of infant mortality are daunting, it is still possible to correct the issue at home.

The biggest prevention tool for premature death is comprehensive prenatal care.  From the very beginning, expectant mothers should regularly consult with their doctors and other health care professionals to ensure the healthy development of their children.  Mothers should also take the necessary steps to lead healthy lifestyles while pregnant and while nursing.  A healthy mother makes for a healthy baby.

Healthy Baby, Healthy Child is a noted resource for expectant parents.  In order to ensure infant survival and family health, HBHC provides educational, health, legal, and other services for Boston mothers.  Services are also available for fathers, and mothers who have loss young children during pregnancy or after.

For more information about this program please visit the HBHC website, or call 617-534-5050.

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