For Immediate Release: March 29, 2007
Senator Judy Eason McIntyre
Senate Passes Resolution Declaring "Prenatal Care Awareness
Day" in Oklahoma
Lack of prenatal care for
babies and their mothers costs the State of Oklahoma millions
of dollars each year and the lives of hundreds of infants. On
Thursday, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 23,
by Sen. Judy
Eason McIntyre, to help bring awareness to this growing
problem in the state.
"Oklahoma ranks third in the percentage of infants who
die each year before reaching the age of one. These are senseless
deaths, a majority of which could be prevented with prenatal
care," said Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa. "This resolution
is about preventing those deaths by helping raise awareness
of the importance of prenatal care."
Oklahoma currently ranks 44th in the percentage of babies and
their mothers who do not receive prenatal care. An estimated
53 babies are born without prenatal care each day in the state.
SCR 23 declares April 3, 2007, "Prenatal Care Awareness
Day" in the state to help educate people on the importance
of prenatal care.
"This is everyone's battle. Low birth weight and premature
babies, both side effects from the lack of prenatal care, cost
the medical system millions of dollars," said Eason McIntyre.
"But prenatal care can cut the costs of delivery and lower
the infant mortality rate in our state."
For more information contact:
Senator Eason McIntyre's Office: (405) 521-5598