Kansas is the home of approximately 2.8 million residents. Over the past four decades, birthrates have been steadily declining in Kansas, following national trends. Certain racial gaps still divide Kansas mothers, and in turn, render some more vulnerable than others. Over the years, federal and state governments have launched a variety of programs to close these racial gaps and alleviate the hardship of low-income mothers. Currently, divorce rates remain as a consistent obstacle for the well-being of many children in Kansas.

In 2005, 39,701 live births were recorded in Kansas, representing a birth rate of 14.5 per 1,000 population. Among those who gave birth in 2005, 76 percent received prenatal care that began in the first trimester of pregnancy, 19.4 percent began in the second trimester, ...

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