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GCU NRS-434VN Health Assessment

GCU NRS-434VN Health Assessment

Topic 1 DQ 1

Describe the effect of extremely low birth weight babies on the family and community. Consider short-term and long-term impacts, socioeconomic implications, the need for ongoing care, and comorbidities associated with prematurity. Explain how disparities relative to ethnic and cultural groups may contribute to low birth weight babies. Identify one support service within your community to assist with preterm infants and their families and explain how the service adequately addresses the needs of the community, or a population in your community. Provide the link to the resource in your post.

Low birth weight Infants

Data from the centers for disease control and prevention reveal that 8.8% of live births in
the U.S in 2019 were low birth weight. Even more startling is the race gap in infant’s birth
weights. 13.9% of black infants were born underweight. This is near twice the rate of low birth
weight white infants (7%) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021) .
Most preterm babies are subject to re-hospitalization, medical and neurodevelopmental
complications. The burden of health and developmental problems faced by neonatal infants
includes 2-3 greater risks for visual and hearing impairment, speech delays...

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