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Dr. Cheryl Braxton, Ed.D.


Mothers essentially in our state are not well equipped in many areas such as employment, housing and medical needs. I want to investigate whether or not these programs are assisting pregnant mothers in such areas and if it is helping. According to the Center for Disease Control:

2 Infant mortality rate can be defined as, "an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants. There are obvious differences in infant mortality by age, race, and ethnicity; for instance, the mortality rate for non-Hispanic black infants is more than twice that of nonHispanic white infants (CDC, 2016, para. 1).

Questions that would arise are the causes of such estimates in our state and how the rate was determined. Factors that come into play when talking about infant mortality rate are birth defects, pretenn birth, complications of a pregnancy, and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Injuries (CDC, 2016).



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