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Group Encourages Perinatal Care In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Katrina Gray, a Healthy Baby outreach worker for the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network (LHVPN), encouraged Mount Vernon residents Thursday to get perinatal care, no matter what their circumstances are.

Gray said that LHVPN deals with low-income women who are pregnant and educates them about how to bring healthy babies into the community. Though perinatal care is in the forefront of many pregnant women's minds, she said, many women do not seek it for various reasons.

"We deal with a lot of undocumented people who fear that if they go in to get it, they will be deported," Gray said. "Some teens, especially those whose boyfriend isn't around anymore, tend to hide their pregnancy from their parents. Others are drug users who don't want to come in because if they test positive it would create a child welfare situation."

Gray said it doesn't matter who you are, as patients will remain anonymous.

"It's crucial that a woman gets perinatal care in the first trimester of her pregnancy," Gray said. "Many women are not going for it, which can lead to C-sections and a higher infant mortality rate. Why hesitate when you can prevent these things from happening?"

For more information, call 211 or visit the LHVPN's website .

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