April 2012

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Healthy Children by Karen Matthews

Two of the biggest health care challenges in the Delta are preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight babies (less than 5.5 pounds). Both preterm birth and low birth weight greatly increase the risk of infant mortality and create other problems that get in the way of healthy children. To overcome [...]

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Home Visits Work by Karen Matthews

One of the newest participants in our Home Visitation Program is determined to achieve new goals since she delivered her baby in December.  When this participant enrolled in the program, she was very passive, quiet and needed more self esteem, but she knew enough about herself and what she wanted to do to seek help.  Through the program, [...]

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Being there when it counts by Karen Matthews

Having social workers available to students at Delta schools mean, among many benefits, having someone available to students who needs help.  Our social workers never know what to expect on any given day.  Several weeks ago, a student approached our social worker out of fear and concern.  She was pregnant and a victim of incest and was ready [...]

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Mentoring and Networking by Karen Matthews

This is a recent example of how our “Home Mentoring” program is working.  One of our partcipants is a local college student.  Not wanting to drop out after her baby was born, she switched to night classes at MVSU so she could take care of her baby during the day.  Our staffer was then able to pair [...]

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Home Visit Program Produces Results by Karen Matthews

We know that a significant portion of premature births come from teen pregnancies. We also know that one of the best ways to give an infant a good nutritional start in life is to breastfeed.  A teen mom in the last trimester of her pregnancy signed up for our home visitation program.  Our social worker feared a premature [...]

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DHA committed to Delta mothers by Karen Matthews

We talked last week about how the Delta Health Alliance home visitation program helps reduce teen pregnancy, infant mortality and premature births. But it is much more than that. One of the moms in the program, for example, just received her high school diploma! After dropping out of high school because of her pregnancy, and [...]

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