The Tennessean reports here that a new March of Dimes grant will bring the Birthing Project's teen pregnancy outreach to Hispanic girls.
"The girls are paired with volunteers, called 'sister friends,' who go with them to doctor's appointments, talk to them about staying in school, offer parenting tips and occasionally head into the delivery room."
"The babies of teenage mothers in Tennessee are often born too early and too light, weighing less than 6 pounds. It's why many of them don't live to see their first birthdays."
"Studies show teenagers often have poorer pregnancies than adults because they may be unhealthy before they get pregnant, are less likely to get prenatal care early and their bodies aren't always ready for the tremendous burden of carrying a fetus to term. In Tennessee, the rates of teen pregnancy have been creeping up since 2001, after a brief decline."
"There are nearly 20 girls in Nashville's program now, and the focus is on black teens between the ages of 14 and 19, but participation isn't limited by race. The results have been encouraging."
"This month, the March of Dimes will award Nashville's Birthing Project a grant to add more girls and provide outreach to Hispanic girls."
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