A Wichita mom put her Masteron E 200 healthy 4 month old daughter down for a nap on May 27 last year. When she checked later, the baby wasn't breathing. Attempts by doctors to revive her failed, and Mariah Thomas was pronounced dead, a victim of sudden infant death syndrome.
Mariah's grandmother, Teresa Cole, is a crisis intervention expert who helps victims of violent crime. But even that background didn't prepare her for the impact of Mariah's death. "We're all still grieving," she "buy cheap jintropin online" said.
Mariah's death is part of a trend that has alarmed state health officials. The National Center for Vital Statistics ranks Kansas the "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" worst state in mortality rate of black "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" infants. The rate is based on babies who die within their first year.
"I like to believe Kansas is No. 1 in a lot of things, but not this," physician Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said at a recent event in Wichita to raise awareness of the problem. "This is something we can no longer ignore."
The national mortality rate for all babies was 6.24 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009. The rate for Kansas was 7.01 and for Sedgwick County 8.32, according to the most recent figures published by the vital statistics center.
Of 8,293 total births in the county in 2009, 69 babies died.
Sedgwick County has one of the highest black infant death rates nationwide, local health officials said.
The mortality rate for black infants in the county was more than three times higher than for white Oral Steroids Side Effects In Babies infants between 2000 and 2009.
According to KDHE, 167 black babies died during that time out of 8,965 births in the county, a rate of 18.6 per 1,000.
Over the same period, 380 white babies died out of 58,665 births, a rate of 6.5 per 1,000.
Theories about the disparity focus on differences in teen pregnancy rates, rates of single parenthood, education levels, economic class, access to health care, and racism. Level of awareness about proper prenatal care and about the effect of bad habits like smoking, drinking and using drugs are cited by health officials as well. Kansas' high ranking didn't shock her.
"It is surprising, but not all that surprising," said Lee, wife of film director Spike Lee, before speaking April 20 at Wichita's St. Mark United Methodist Church.
"My guess is that certain communities in Kansas are fairly segregated. So what are those African American communities looking like? Are there grocery stores there? Are there safe places for people to exercise?"
Lack of nutrition, poor access to health care and poor care once women do get to a doctor are factors, said Lee, who has worked on the issue for several years.
But fewer resources and greater incidence of poverty aren't the only reasons.
"Black women lose their children more than white women regardless of their economic background or their educational background," she said.
"Research shows social stressors tied Comprar Levitra to racism are an issue in the forefront," said Susan Wilson, director of the Sedgwick County Health Department's Healthy Babies program.
College educated, career oriented black mothers have poorer outcomes than college educated, career oriented white women, she said.
SIDS, one of the leading causes of infant mortality, is twice as likely to claim black babies as white babies, said Christy Schunn, executive director of the SIDS Network of Kansas.
Black Mesterolone Melting Point babies are more likely to sleep in a bed with another child or an adult, which increases the risk of oxygen deprivation, she said.
SIDS, the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year old, remains a mystery, but research shows that if a baby's brain stem is immature or malformed, the brain can shut down when it isn't getting enough oxygen, or if the baby becomes overheated, Schunn said.
Babies need to sleep alone in a crib, on their backs, without toys, stuffed animals, bumpers, blankets or pillows, which can deprive them of air, she said.
That message needs to spread to older generations of child care providers such as "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" grandparents, who may still encourage tummy sleeping because that's the way they raised their children.
"There's a pretty good chance all of us adults slept on our tummies," Schunn said. "The thing we don't realize is, twice as many babies were dying back then."
According to KDHE, other leading causes of infant mortality are birth defects, pre term and low weight births, and maternal complications during pregnancy.
Preventing infant death has to start during puberty, when prospective mothers begin to make choices about their health and habits such as drugs and alcohol, Wilson said.