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Report: Little Progress Made Improving Infant Health


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The 'Right Start' report by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows very little progress has been made when it comes to improving infant health.



The report focuses on maternal and infant health by looking at factors including teen births, non-marital births and low birth weight babies.

Between 2005 and 2011, the state saw an 18 percent jump in the number of children born to unmarried mothers. The director of Kids Count says children born to single mothers are more likely to face economic hardships and insecurity.

Michigan also saw an increase in the number of low birth weight and preterm births.

The state saw improvements in the number of children born to teen mothers and the number of teen mothers with multiple children. The report says one way Michigan can make more improvements is by using federal money to provide health care to low income and uninsured women.

Looking specifically at the counties here in mid-Michigan, Ingham comes in 32nd out of 54. Some of the positives: a decrease in the number of teens giving birth. There were also fewer pre-term babies born and less children born with low birth-weights. However, more children were born to unwed mothers.

Jackson County is in the lower 20 percent; it ranked 45th out of 54. The county also saw improvements with less teens giving birth. But Jackson did worse when it comes to repeat teen births. The county also had more children born with low birth weights and more kids born to unwed mothers.

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