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Indiana

  • By: Luca Prono
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The state of Indiana continues to have wide ethnic and racial disparity in the proportion of birth to teenage mothers, mothers with inadequate education, unmarried mothers, and mothers who receive late or inadequate prenatal care. Indiana has a specific program for children, pregnant women, and low-income working families—Hoosier Health-wise—which is administered by the state Family and Social Services Administration. The program is designed to allow access to primary and preventive services (including prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy) as well as to all necessary health care services. Every member of the program has the right to a personal doctor, or primary medical physician. The program serves more than 450,000 children and pregnant women. The state ranked 31 in children's health and well-being, according ...

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