Public Health Concerns
Pregnancy would ideally be a time of happiness and fulfillment, but for many people it is not. During the nine months that a woman is pregnant she and her unborn child face many health concerns, many of which could be prevented with proper prenatal care (World Health Organization, 2012) Over the past three months that I have been working as a labor nurse I have noticed that in my community there is an overwhelming amount of women who have had little or no prenatal care. The lack of prenatal care can cause numerous problems such as preterm labor and low birth weight. There are many things that we could do as a community to help combat this problem one of the most obvious to me would be to educate the community as much as possible and I think one of the easiest ways to do that is to produce a television and radio commercial that talks about the importance and availability of prenatal care in the community. Another way we could help is to pass out prenatal vitamins in public settings. The March of Dimes has a program designed for this and will provide the vitamins at little to no cost. Often times when I have been at the grocery store I have seen public health nurses with a table set up to do vaccinations, so why not try it with free vitamins as well. Another easy and effective way to promote prenatal care is to put up signage in public areas such as colleges and Doctors offices that could list the key benefits of good prenatal care. The next concern I have is the sheer volume of teenagers that are engaging in unprotected intercourse and contracting some form of sexually transmitted infection (STI). Estimates suggest that even though young people aged 15–24 years represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STDs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). I worked in a title ten funded facility for six years and it was...