Infant Mortality-We All Have a Part to Play!
While teaching my Breastfeeding Essentials class today, I began to think about how important it is to be informed. Education regarding health choices prior to pregnancy, during and after pregnancy affect generations.
I did the research below in 2012 and it saddens me that instead of the infant mortality rates of black children improving, it has gotten worse. Everything in this paper is still sadly relevant today. The only things I would change is regarding the advice for folic acid. Folic acid is synthetic and takes a lot of work from our bodies to convert it to folate. Finding a prenatal vitamin that contains folate is a better choice.
The current infant mortality rates can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/infantmortality/
Our black babies and mama's are dying at alarming rates. Home visits, physical and mental health education and support, fitness coaching and guidance are imperative to us changing our trajectory. Access to healthy foods in our community. Access to above average health care. Access to EDUCATION! Beyond just saying eat a healthy diet! A healthy diet means something different to each of us based on our education and our access to REAL LIVE FOOD.
Nurses, Midwives, Birth Workers, Lactation Consultants, Dentists, Doctors, Body Workers, Therapists, Preachers, Life Coaches, Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Personal Trainers, Yoga Instructors and anyone else who comes in contact with families! As a healthcare provider it is your responsibility to keep up with current research AND to listen to Mother's! Mother's know their bodies and their babies. Give mama's the tools they need to raise healthy, functioning adults. This may mean fixing the mama first and that has to be okay. Mama's don't let your healthcare providers ignore the problems you may be experiencing. Don't just take medicine to cover up the symptoms, of course if you need it until the source is found or remedied please follow your Dr's instructions. Find a healthcare provider who will help you to improve your total health so you don't need medication. Improve you gut health, mental health, physical health. GET IN SHAPE! Mind, Body and Spirit!
Together we can help end disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged women with quality education and therapeutic support. Birth is a blessing for all women, no matter their socioeconomic status. “Behold, Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3)
Please click the title below to read my research. Thank you!