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Maternal and Infant Health

Maternal and Infant Health

Mother and baby

PRENATAL CARE

Prenatal care can help prevent costly complications and problems such as low birth weight or preterm birth. According to the National Business Group on Health, every $1 employers provide for prenatal care yields a savings of $3.33 for medical care after birth.

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STATE BREASTFEEDING LAWS

Provides a 50 state summary of breastfeeding laws, including an overview of policy topics, recent NCSL publications and other resources.

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OVERVIEW

Pregnancy is a significant health event and an opportunity to provide women with health care services to improve both their health and the health of their baby. Children’s health during the prenatal, infancy and early childhood periods influences their health throughout life. Many policies and state initiatives have proven to be effective to ensure that mothers give birth to healthy babies and provide them with a strong start.  Investments in the health of pregnant women can save money by averting more costly health problems and the need for expensive treatment and other support services.

 
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