Improving perinatal health

A novel approach to improve community and adult health

Mark Gaylord, M. Greer, J. Botti

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Abstract

Recent trends of increasing infant morbidity and mortality are inconsistent with this nation's vision of advances in adult quality of life and longevity. Infant mortality and weight at birth are important predictors of the health of a society, making these findings all the more disturbing. Infant morbidity could be a reflection or alternatively, a harbinger of increasing national rates of obesity, diabetes mellitus, community violence and widening economic disparities. This paper presents the linkage between perinatal health and adult health using infant morbidities (infant mortality, low birthweight, prematurity) as examples. Infant morbidities/mortalities are social problems with health-care consequences. All social classes suffer the results of poor infant health. Improving perinatal health can improve the health of a community in a cyclic fashion. We propose that improving the health of reproductive age women and infants; will result in a reduction in the incidence of severe/chronic and costly adult health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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Infant Mortality
Health
Morbidity
Social Problems
Reproductive Health
Violence
Birth Weight
Social Class
Diabetes Mellitus
Obesity
Economics
Quality of Life
Delivery of Health Care
Incidence
Infant Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Improving perinatal health : A novel approach to improve community and adult health. / Gaylord, Mark; Greer, M.; Botti, J.

In: Journal of Perinatology, Vol. 28, No. 2, 01.02.2008, p. 91-96.

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