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Task Force Calls For Access To Prenatal Care

December 16, 2011, 6:01 AM

Task Force Calls For Access To Prenatal Care
PIERRE, SD - The Governor's Task Force on Infant Mortality recommends improved access to early prenatal care and increased awareness of safe sleep practices for infants.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed the 27-member task force in May to study the state's infant mortality rate and recommend ways to reduce it. The panel made its recommendations to Daugaard on Wednesday.

An average of 80 South Dakota infants die each year before their first birthdays.

The state's infant mortality rate for 2000 through 2010 was 7 per 1,000 births, which was higher than the national rate and higher than rates of neighboring North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana.

First Lady Linda Daugaard chaired the task force of representatives from hospitals, clinics, boards and agencies related to medicine, behavioral health and social work.

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