BETTER BEGINNINGS/BROCKTON HOSPITAL: Crossing cultural barriers for babies' sake

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Abstract

THE PROBLEM

High rates of infant morbidity and mortality in the community.

THE PLAYERS

Brockton Hospital and several community organizations.

THE PLAN

Send advocates to recruit high-risk women for prenatal care.

THE RESULTS

3,300 women enrolled since 1997; 2,160 babies delivered; 74 percent of women enrolled in the program in their first trimester; 70 percent of women enrolled, ages 14-39, participated in hospital-sponsored childbirth classes. Average weight of Better Beginnings babies is higher than the statewide average.

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