Teen Births, Infant Deaths Down in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

New figures show teen births and infant deaths in Mississippi at their lowest levels in decades. But university pediatrician Glen Graves says the last drop in infant mortality was temporary.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that because Mississippi continues to have the nation's highest death rate for babies less than a year old, the state Department of Health is starting an "ABCs" campaign.

Dr. Mary Currier, the state health officer, says the initials
stand for putting babies to sleep Alone on their Backs in the Crib
with no Smoking nearby. "Alone" means without stuffed toys,
blankets or pillows.


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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    This is GREAT news that teen births and infant deaths are at the lowest levels in decades. Parents and churches need to teach teenagers about the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical consequences of pre-marital sex. Teens desperately need to exercise self-control and focus on working hard in school to get a good education.
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      by PTD on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to Citizen
      Whats great about it? Its simply a 'play on words' with no factual basis. Teen 'births' are down, not 'pregnacies'. More teens are getting abortions. Fewer 'babies' delivered means fewer 'infant deaths'. Factor in the aborted ones and nothings changed. Just a play on words. Mississippi still has the highest infant mortality rate in the country. Good work Mississippi. Keep sex-ed out of schools. Parents will assuredly discuss these important matters with their young children just as sarah palin had that talk with hers.
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        by Jim on Sep 26, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to PTD
        Really, PTD? Do you think everyone looks up to Palin? You are a troll simply commenting to elicit actions for an argument. Get a life. Also, 'everything' doesn't need 'parenthesis' dork.
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          by PTD on Sep 26, 2011 at 04:32 PM in reply to Jim
          Im missing your point 'Jim' Did you have a comment on the story? Seems like youre just another one of 'those' who comes through making personal attacks against other commentors with no references to the story. In case you didnt notice, the story was about teen births and infant deaths. Get a life 'Jim' If you dont have a comment referencing the story then simply dont comment. If youre just looking for someone to slur and call names, Im sure you have plenty of those in your day to day life.
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