ERIC Number: ED374899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start.
Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Maternal and Child Health Services.
About 36,500 infants die each year in the United States, due largely to low birth weight and inadequate prenatal care. The United States ranks twenty-second among the world's nations in infant mortality. This brochure addresses the high infant mortality rate in the United States compared to other developed nations, and notes actions that prospective parents and others can take to reduce infant mortality. It also explains the Healthy Start Program, designed to lower the infant mortality rate through the provision of health and social services, local outreach programs, and parent education. The first goal is to reduce infant deaths in 15 selected communities that have alarmingly high rates of infant mortality. The brochure recommends that concerned individuals encourage pregnant women to seek adequate prenatal care, and that women who are planning a pregnancy or who are already pregnant should visit their doctor or clinic regularly. A list of eight national organizations that provide information about prenatal and newborn care is included. (MDM)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Birth Weight, Child Health, Educational Resources, Federal Programs, Health Programs, Health Services, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Program Descriptions, Social Services
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Maternal and Child Health Services.
Identifiers - Location: United States