Special Populations Essay

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Outreach Programs Improving the Lives of North Carolina’s Women and Infants Latoya Grace Bethea HCA 430 Martha Jennings August 10th, 2009 Outreach Programs Improving the Lives of North Carolina’s Women and Infants Giving birth to a child can be the most exciting occasion in a woman’s life. Healthy full of life and the desire to do nothing more than protect this precious gift floods a mother’s heart. Many mothers anticipate the time when they can tell their little one about their births from the trip to the hospital to the drive home. What if a mother never has that opportunity? What if the child never has the chance to live a healthy quality of life? In a report by WRAL (2008) a local broadcasting station located in Raleigh, North Carolina had one of it highest birth rates in 2007. Also during the report NC infant mortality rate increased as well. NC reported 8.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007, a 5 percent increase over the 2006 rate of 8.1, which was the lowest rate in North Carolina history. “The minority infant mortality rate was 13.9 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2007, while the white infant mortality rate was 6.3 percent. In 2006, the minority rate was 13.6 percent while the white rate was 6 percent.” Leah Devlin, Health Director for the state of NC stated, “Many women of childbearing age in North Carolina are entering pregnancy with risk factors that affect their health as well as the health of their baby, a quarter of women in that age group are obese, and a quarter use tobacco.” Women are also affected by high blood pressure, diabetes, mental health issues, or misuse of alcohol or drugs. Devlin, also mentioned, “African American women in North Carolina are disproportionately affected by poor health, lack of health insurance and high rates of
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