U.S. Moms' Deteriorating Health Hurts Kids

June 12, 2008

"In the wake of all the great medical breakthroughs over the last 40 years, one would assume that infant mortality rates would plummet. Instead, medical progress has been canceled out in the delivery room by the deteriorating health of childbearing-aged women and their lack of healthcare access; and infant mortality rates have stalled as a result," Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said in a statement. "We know now that an infant's chances of sickness, disability and survival often hinge on the health of the mother, before she even becomes pregnant," Levi said. "Therefore, the way to reduce risks to newborn babies is to invest in a woman's health throughout her childbearing years."

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