Infant Mortality http://wesa.fm en Legislation Would Require PA Newborns Be Tested For Heart Defects http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-would-require-pa-newborns-be-tested-heart-defects <p>Every year 40,000 babies are born in the U.S. with congenital heart defects, and parents might not be aware of their infant’s condition.&nbsp;</p><p>Pennsylvania law requires hospitals and birthing centers to test newborns for six genetic disorders, including maple syrup urine disease and Sickle Cell Disease, as well as 23 other disorders.</p><p>The state Legislature is getting ready to add one more to the list — congenital heart defect — which according to the March of Dimes, claims thousands of lives annually before the child is a year old.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31146 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh, an Effort to Bring Down the Black Community's Infant Mortality Rate http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-effort-bring-down-black-communitys-infant-mortality-rate <p>When Sarah Murphy found out she was pregnant, she was initially shocked.</p><p>"I didn’t think I would have kids, and then I ended up having him when I was 39," she said.&nbsp;</p><p>Her advanced age led to a medically complicated pregnancy. Her income wasn’t as high as she thought it should be to cover the associated costs.</p><p>And as the child of a black woman living in Allegheny County, Murphy’s baby was three times more likely than a white woman’s child to die before reaching his first birthday.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:24:27 +0000 Erika Beras 6887 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh, an Effort to Bring Down the Black Community's Infant Mortality Rate