Nurse visits boost health of new mothers and babies

By WEEK Producer

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

When nurses visit low-income new mothers, they can significantly boost both the mom's and baby's health.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Aurora looked at the results of a long-term study of low-income, mostly African American, first-time mothers.

The mothers were given various levels of home care -- from prenatal visits all the way up to toddler check-ups for their children.

They found the mothers who received pre-and post-natal care had a lower risk of death -- and the children who got check-ups were less likely to die from preventable causes.

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