Maternal and child health are considered as much social topic as well as public health topic and the U.S. ranks quite low in infant mortality and maternal mortality rates in light of other comparable countries. These two topics can be heated when considering societyâ€™s responsibility to provide the best start possible to the youngest in its population, while on the other hand, weighing the rights of the person(s) raising these young ones. After reviewing the module material, please choose ONE of the following prompts.
For your post, please write 1-2 paragraphs (4-5 sentences each) in response to the question of your choice. Remember that at this point you are building on a number of public health topics we have already seen in class, and you will be able to provide an informed perspective for any of the questions you decide to answer. Make sure to integrate your analysis of this week’s material in your discussion response. You can expand if you are inclined to do so, but ensure that your writing is formal and proofread your posting. Your post is due Thursday 1159pm of week 9. I encourage you to comment on your classmates’ posts, but this is optional.
- Why is the health of infants and children of special concern for public health? In your response provide one way in which parentsâ€™ authority over the care of their children is limited by law in the U.S.?
- Why should public health advocates try to ensure that every pregnancy is an intended pregnancy?
- Visit the website of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), www.nichd.nih.gov (Links to an external site.). Explore the programs that NICHD has to promote healthy child development? Summarize one of these programs and reflect on how the program may or may not be effective in your community (however you define community)?