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Tuesday, May 9

Mommy's Status=Baby's Status



An interesting finding emerged today showing a direct link between the status of mothers and that of their children. How is it possible that the United States is located at the bottom of the list for infant mortality rates? Well, considering that the infant mortality rate is on the rise in the US, it is telling that the majority of deaths disporportionately affect minority women. For example, of all US births 17% are to African American women and 33% of all low-birthwieght babies are born to African American women. Now ignorance would drive an individual to conclude that it is somehow the mother's fault, but clearly there is a deeper issue; institutionalized racism. The study noted that "Japan was among a number of nations highly ranked mainly because they offer free health services for pregnant women and babies, while the United States suffers from disparities in access to health care." The agendas of some are morally driven with a focus on family and the progress of our nation's children, but I guess it's easier to place blame on the mother for the death of her child than to look closely at public policy, the corporate world of health care, and racism.

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