WAVE 3 Editorial – March 5, 2013: Infant Mortality
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
One in four pregnant women in Kentucky smoke – more than twice the national average.
Nearly 14 percent of Kentucky infants are born premature.
Prescription pill abuse continues to contribute to the skyrocketing numbers of babies in Kentucky suffering from drug withdrawal.
The Governor's Summit on Infant Mortality this past week highlighted a major problem in the Commonwealth: more babies born in Kentucky die before their first birthday than in most other states in the country.
Risk factors contributing to these numbers abound: poverty, drug abuse and lack of health care and education are the big ones.
It is painful to hear the cries of these babies, victims of abuse and neglect.
Different programs from many agencies try to attack this problem. They are important and necessary but clearly aren't working as well as needed.
Ultimately, making major inroads into improving the chances of babies being born closer to full term, surviving their first year of life, and being given a chance to lead a healthy life rests with us.
We must control our behaviors or we should forget about taking on the most important job in the world – being a parent.
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