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Promoting maternal interaction improves growth, weight gain in preemies

An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.

Black Women’s Roundtable releases 2015 Report on Black Women in the U.S.

Atlanta Daily World
Black Women in the United States, 2015, continues the Black Women’s Roundtable’s (BWR) annual inquiry into the challenges and triumphs of Black women across the United States. This year’s report, however, provides an even more nuanced examination of Black women’s experiences, not only uncovering broad, national trends, but also taking a specific deep dive into the conditions of Black women in key To that aim, we’ve included a special “Voices” section which shares the experiences and personal narratives of state-based BWR leaders who are on the front lines, addressing every day issues that are central to the Black woman’s experience across the nation. As such, this report is unique. It provides a broad perspective on the conditions of Black women throughout the nation while also giving a more refined view that allows an authentic reflection of the varied conditions of Black women. From the most remote rural areas of this nation to bustling urban centers, this report shares a three dimensional representation of the lives of Black women throughout these United State

Limited access leads to high infant mortality rate

Civitas Media
LIMA — In terms of infant mortality, Ohio is about as bad as it gets. According to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the state is ranked 48th in the nation overall for infant mortality and 50th in black infant mortality.

Local task force fighting to reduce infant mortality

Mansfield News Journal
MANSFIELD – Richland County is developing a plan to reduce infant deaths — emphasizing multimedia campaigns designed to teach young mothers safe sleeping environments for their babies and early assessment of risks that might result in problems during pregnancy.

The Changing Character of the Black–White Infant Mortality Gap, 1983–2004

American Journal of Public Health
We examined how changes in demographic, geographic, and childbearing risk factors were related to changes in the Black–White infant mortality rate (IMR) gap over 2 decades.

Late Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infants Whose Parents Declined Vitamin K Prophylaxis

CDC - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) is a coagulopathy that develops in infants who do not have sufficient vitamin K stores to support production of clotting factors. In adults, vitamin K is absorbed from food and from vitamin K synthesized by gut bacteria. However, placental transfer in humans is limited; cord blood and infant liver reserve levels of vitamin K are substantially below adult levels (1,2). As a result, infants are predisposed to develop VKDB, which is classified as early, classic, and late, according to when it presents.* In the United States, administration of intramuscular vitamin K at birth to prevent all forms of VKDB has been standard practice since first recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1961 (3). Without this prophylaxis, incidence of early and classical VKDB ranges from 0.25% to 1.7% of births; incidence of late VKDB ranges from 4.4 to 7.2 per 100,000 infants (1–3). The relative risk for developing late VKDB has been estimated at 81 times greater among infants who do not receive intramuscular vitamin K than in infants who do receive it (4).

New bills aimed at saving babies' lives

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and Sen. Kay Hagan is introducing two new bills to help save lives, which is important because we recently discovered the number of baby deaths in Brunswick County doubled between 2010 and 2011. The first is the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Bill, which provides more information and training exercises to childcare professionals and parents. The second is the Newborn Screening Act, which will test babies for various diseases after they are born.

U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports

CBS News
A new report reveals that the United States has the highest first-day infant death rate out of all the industrialized countries in the world. About 11,300 newborns die within 24 hours of their birth in the U.S. each year, 50 percent more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined, the report's authors stated.

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Saving Our Nation's Babies: The Impact of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative

Check our our 2nd Edition! It chronicles the birth of Healthy Start and NHSA and includes profiles and photographs from the federally-funded Healthy Start Initiatives.