While it might sound fun to grow up with a sibling close in age, having children too close together can lead to serious health problems for mother and baby, health experts warn.
Inadequate birth spacing, which means having a baby within 18 months of a prior live birth, increases the chance of low birth weight, bleeding and premature rupture of the amniotic fluid sac as well as increased risk of death for mother or child. But thanks to a grant, the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department can better help Allen County women avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
We want to give women options to space their pregnancies out and decide when they want to deliver again, Chardel Hastings, administrator, said.
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