Report finds infant, maternal well-being improving

Maternal and infant health indicators improved in six of eight areas statewide according to a new report released Tuesday.

The Right Start in Michigan 2009 report, by the Kids Count in Michigan project, noted progress in the rates of teen births and mothers who smoke.

"We found some very big improvements," said Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count in Michigan director and senior researcher associate at the Michigan League for Human Services. "Michigan has made a lot of progress when it comes to reducing smoking among pregnant women, reducing the rate of teen births and the rate of repeat teen births -- those teen mothers who have another child before the age of 20."

Smoking during pregnancy declined 34 percent, and the rate of births to teens declined 26.2 percent.

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