Preterm Births

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Preterm Births

My child advocacy platform is premature births in African Americans.

Preterm Births

At Lankenau Medical Center, many programs are offered. The programs offered includes: Primary Care, Pediatrics, OB/GYN services and Dermatology. The primary care physicians tend to patients from their adolescent years until they are in their elderly ages. The OB/GYN services provide the expecting woman with comfortable and private services. They also do the baby’s routine check-ups. In the dermatology department, the doctors care for all aged people dealing with any type of skin, nail or hair problems. Lankenau Medical Center has been recognized by Thomas Rueters as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. The US NEWS and World Report’s Best Hospitals classified Lankenau Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for Geriatrics, Heart Care and Heart Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Lung Cancer, and Urology.

Thesis Statement

African American have a higher risk of having premature births over any other race which can negatively impact the child.

Child Advocacy Platform

Mission Statement

Jamirah D. Davis attends Imhotep Institute Charter High School. She is in the 12th grade and aspires to attend LaSalle University in the fall of 2013. She plans on majoring in the Pre-Medical field. Jamirah wishes to be a pediatrician because she enjoys helping others. As she grew older, she realized that her passion was with children. So she plans on attending Thomas Jefferson University for Graduate School, and then continuing on to Residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Jamirah is prepared to handle any obstacles that may cross her path and is determined to reach all of her goals.

African American Community

All Main Line Hospitals, which includes Lankenau Medical Center, mission is “to provide a comprehensive range of safe, high-quality health services complemented by related education and research activities, that meet healthcare needs and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

"A woman may be able to reduce her risk for preterm delivery by visiting her health care provider before pregnancy and, once pregnant, seeking early and regular prenatal care" (MyChild, 2009)."Over the past decade, some countries have halved deaths due to preterm birth by ensuring that health workers are skilled in the care of premature babies and by improving supplies of life-saving commodites and equipment" (World Health Organization, 2012).

This affects African Americans because they are more likely to deliver preterm. “One out of eight infants born in the United States is premature, and black women have significantly higher rates of premature birth than white women” (AMA Wire, 2012). A study found that women, who have a preterm birth, are more likely to have another one following their first.“African-American women also were nearly 5.5 times more likely to have recurrent preterm births than Caucasian women” (Science Daily, 2007).The black population in New York, which led all states in 2010. The other nine states in the top 10 were Florida, Texas, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio.

Organizational Overview

All together this experience was a memorable one. It allowed me to see what an actual hospital environment was like on the administrative side. Going to the hospital, is one thing, but actually working there and being notified about things is a complete differnet story. This experience provided me with the insight of working in the medical field and experience how it would be when I get older.

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