Navigation Links
Health of Hispanic moms and babies a growing concern, new report says
Date:6/11/2014

New York, New York Hispanic women are significantly more likely to have a baby with a neural tube birth defect, and nearly a quarter of all preterm births in the United States are Hispanic, according to a new report from the March of Dimes.

The report is available in English and Spanish and can be view at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/Peristats/pdflib/991/MOD_2014HispanicReport.pdf

http://www.marchofdimes.com/Peristats/pdflib/991/MOD_2014HispanicReport_Spanish.pdf

Thalia, a global ambassador for the March of Dimes, and Latin Grammy Award-winning artist and mother of two young children, is lending her voice to get the word out to Hispanic women about important pregnancy health information and resources available to them.

"I supported this mission even before I became a mom because I appreciate the work the March of Dimes does to improve the health of all babies. I am proud to help with their efforts to focus attention on Latina health. We want women to know that there are things we can do to protect ourselves and our babies, like taking a multivitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy. There's nothing more important than the health of our babies," says Thalia.

Thalia joined Diana Ramos MD, MPH, professor at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and co-chair of the newly established March of Dimes Hispanic Advisory Council, to speak at a March of Dimes educational luncheon today called Salud: What Hispanic Moms Need to Know to Have a Healthy Baby. They discussed the health risks Hispanic women face and steps they can take to help give their babies a healthy start in life.

"Planning, prenatal care, perpetuating healthy behaviors, are first steps to having a healthy baby. Daily folic acid to prevent birth defects in the baby and a healthy weight are part of planning," said Dr. Ramos. "Early prenatal care can identify any potential problems. Once you have your baby, continuing the healthy pregnancy behaviors can help you stay healthy and keep your family healthy."

A greater proportion of Hispanic women have babies each year than any other racial or ethnic group in the U. S., making this population the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country. Although there is great diversity among Hispanic women, there are several health concerns that are common among them, the March of Dimes report says. Babies born to Hispanic women are significantly more likely to have serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs). While this disparity is not well understood, one reason may be that Hispanic women have a lower intake of folic acid. In the U. S., wheat flour is fortified with folic acid, but corn masa flour is not. Hispanic women are less likely to report taking a multivitamin containing folic acid prior to pregnancy.

In addition, although the preterm birth rate for all ethnicities in the U. S. is declining, the Hispanic preterm birth is improving at a slower rate meaning the gap between Hispanic and white preterm birth rates is growing.

Nationwide, nearly half a million babies are born too soon each year. The U. S. preterm birth rate peaked in 2006 at 12.8 percent. It declined to 11.5 percent in 2012, a 10 percent improvement. Hispanic babies account for nearly one out of every four babies born preterm in the United States.

As a global ambassador for the March of Dimes, Thalia leads health awareness campaigns to reach millions of moms and moms-to-be through television, radio and social media. To help bring more attention to the mission, Thalia has also included the March of Dimes in her publishing and music project promotions, including the launch of her upcoming first children's album, VIVA KIDS, Vol. 1 in the U.S. on June 24. VIVA KIDS is a nostalgic, cultural and educational CD + DVD comprised of some of the most popular traditional children's songs, mixed with exciting, New Age pop sounds.


'/>"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Migrating north may trigger immediate health declines among Mexicans
2. Telehealth improves forensic examinations for sexual abuse
3. Miriam Hospital study shows how to make statewide health campaigns more effective
4. Lead abatement a wise economic, public health investment
5. Signpost for health services: Teenagers go from school psychologist to family doctor
6. Women and health-care providers differ on what matters most about contraception
7. Mount Sinai researchers identify protein that keeps blood stem cells healthy as they age
8. Health Affairs asks: Where can we find savings in health care?
9. Study shows health policy researchers lack confidence in social media for communication
10. Restoring trust in VA health care
11. NIDA review summarizes research on marijuanas negative health effects
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Health of Hispanic moms and babies a growing concern, new report says
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... of our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single ... Then why are American workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart is celebrating its ... location in the Exchange Furniture Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in Fort Stewart. There ... TV. Plus attendees will have the opportunity to meet general dentists Thomas Richards, DDS, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Missouri (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... crutches which put pressure on the armpits, the M+D Crutch evenly distributes body weight ... on their wrists and hands when using the crutches than with other crutches. , ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... Dr. Robert Mondavi, one of the dentists in Torrance , is ... field as more patients are discovering the many different ways they can change and ... available to them and which ones might work for their smiles. , “One ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Jvion, ... round of funding led by Eastside Partners, with participation from existing investor Martin ... customer base and accelerate its technology and product roadmap. , “Jvion ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 ... Including 42% Growth in Recurring Consumable Sales  ... Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor ... announced its sales for the first quarter ended March ... and the execution of its commercial strategy. ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 ... titled, "Skincare Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... to the report, the global skincare devices market was ... anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 10.1% from ... 2023. Browse the full Skincare Devices Market (Treatment ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... -- Tie-up with Government hospitals as part ... save newborns   Fortis La Femme, ... with Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit organization within the ... ,Amaara, in Delhi-NCR today. This non-profit centre recognizes that breast ... should be available to babies deprived of mother,s milk.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: