About the Program
Welcome to the Honey Child Prenatal Education Program at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. The free prenatal education program is to help African-American women carry their babies to full term pregnancy (40 weeks or 9 months). Each session will educate women on practices that prevent premature birth, birth defects, low birth weight and newborn deaths. Participants must be African-American, at least 17-44 years of age and no more than 4 months pregnant.
Participants are not ask about the number of prior pregnancies they’ve had, their religious affiliation, their marital status nor educational or economic status.
Prematurity/low birth weight is the most frequent leading cause of death for African-American infants. The infant mortality rate among African-American infants is at a 2.4 high due to preterm birth. Preterm birth is when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm infants who live beyond their first year suffer from severe neurologic disability, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.
African-American women are twice as likely to deliver prematurely as Caucasian women. Preterm birth can lead to lifelong illnesses. The March of Dimes developed the Honey Child Prenatal Education Program with specific needs for African-American women. This program combines educational, experiential and environmental activities designed to support positive lifestyle choices that result in improved health outcomes.
The goal of the program is to inform women in the surrounding Houston area, on what it takes to carry their babies to full term (40 weeks or 9 months) and to help prevent premature births, birth defects, low birth weight and newborn deaths.
Prenatal Education and Outreach
Our next session will began on March 5, 2016 at 10am to noon. If you are interested in participating, please click here to register.
Wheeler Avenue 5cs outreach services is not zip code restricted. Participants are welcome around the Greater Houston area and surrounding cities. Participants do not have to be a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church to participate in the Honey Child Prenatal Education Program.
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