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South Texas Babies Still Being Born Too Small

South Texas Babies Still Being Born Too Small

Metro Health's Kelly Ballenger says often minority families don't know and don't access the health care that is available to them which means higher rates of infant mortality. She says that gap between services and people means poor neo-natal care for many of those families.

"In San Antonio the Hispanic population, which is very large, and the African American population both suffer from higher infant mortality rates than the overall population."
 
She says a language barrier intimidates many who would otherwise get the health care that they need.

"Many families simply are not aware of what is available to them and especially the ones who may speak Spanish."
 
Though mortality rates among infants are dropping, Bexar county and Texas rates still lag behind the rest of the nation.


"It's called the Healthy Family Network so we have a lot of agencies that are looking into why babies are born premature or too small."

Saturday September 21st Metro Health will hold a Baby Buggy Walk to highlight infant mortality in Bexar county.

 

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