Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Examining Mothers and Babies Health in St. Louis; Black Infant Morality Is Four Times Greater in the City Than Whites

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Examining Mothers and Babies Health in St. Louis; Black Infant Morality Is Four Times Greater in the City Than Whites

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The health disparities between the black and white communities in St. Louis extend even to the youngest residents.

While the population of the two races in the city is close to equal, four times as many black infants die soon after birth compared to white infants. Access to prenatal care is thought to be a leading factor for the average 48 African-American babies in the city who die before their first birthday. African-American infants also are nearly three times more likely to be born with low weights compared to white babies, a rate that hasnt changed in the last decade.

A new report from the St. Louis Regional Health Commission highlights 14 health measures at the ZIP code level for the city and St. Louis County from 2000 to 2010. Each week in December, the Post- Dispatch health section has featured different aspects of the report. Todays focus is womens and childrens health and the final installment will concern behavioral and sexual health.

More babies are being born into low-income households. In the county, 24 percent of births were covered by Medicaid government insurance for the poor in 2000. By 2009, the rate had risen to 37 percent. …

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