Texas celebrates Newborn Babies Week
Texas has the ninth highest adolescent birth rate in the United States. It ranks second in the number of women who do not receive prenatal care in the first trimester.
But more women are learning how to take care of their bodies and their babies, thanks to "Texas Newborn Babies Week."
The weeklong educational effort kicked off Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 10. It is designed to promote healthy living and encourage more mothers to seek prenatal care early in their pregnancy.
"Our first goal is to increase attendance for prenatal care in the first and second trimester of pregnancy," said Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, professor of pediatrics. "We hope to increase the number of women getting prenatal care to 75 percent, although we know it will take a few years to reach that goal."
Texas is the first state to declare a newborn babies week. Dr. Ramamurthy spearheaded the effort through the Maternal-Perinatal Health Committee of the Texas Medical Association (TMA).
For more information about prenatal care, visit the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org.
Tips for a having a healthy baby:
These tips are featured on posters placed throughout physician's offices during Texas Newborn Babies Week.