Report Shows Kentucky Newborns Are At A Disadvantage

A report released shows newborns in Kentucky start life at a disadvantage compared to those born in the rest of the United States.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation found Kentucky has higher-than-average rates of low-birth weight babies, babies born pre-maturely, and percentage of babies born to teenage mothers.

Doctors say things like premature birth often lead to problems later in life.

“Later on when they grow they have problems like attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, they do not do very well in school,” Dr. Kanta Arya said.

Doctors say the most important things expectant mothers can do to prevent these conditions are getting regular pre-natal care, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs.


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  • by goldie on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Maybe it's because the mothers are so obese!
  • by jean Location: ky on Aug 7, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    Absolute total disrespect for their child and all involved.I say take the child send them to rehab and put the baby up for adoption.
  • by Jay Location: KY on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    I am sure this is true in SOME cases, but a lot of the newborns I have seen have been very healthy babies...I think the wording of this article should be different. I know my own two children were very healthy babies, almost 9 lbs each at birth. This article makes it seem like they are talking about all newborns in KY...
  • by SUSAN on Aug 7, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    It's called cigaretts and drugs, easy answer when they are born like this just automatically put them up for adoption and NEVER allow the mother access again.

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