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Ohio

  • By: Tiffany A. Willey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Ohio is the seventh most-populated state in the United States. Located in the Great Lakes region on the south shore of Lake Erie, Ohio is home to 11 million people, including 6 million women. The average family size in Ohio is three persons, with mothers giving birth, on average, to two children. Mothers in Ohio tend to be married, educated with at least a high school diploma, and have access to family planning and women's health services. Pregnant women are very likely to seek prenatal care, with 73 percent of new mothers annually receiving care within the first trimester.

Poor, unwed, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged mothers have access to several state-sponsored programs to help them provide for their children. Like other U.S. states, Ohio offers Medicaid ...

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