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A successful joint “WV Perinatal Wellness Study Resolution” was passed by the West Virginia Legislature to ensure political leadership in this work.  Senator Roman Prezioso and Delegate Don Perdu have taken the lead in this effort by drafting the resolution. Progress in the WV Perinatal Wellness Study will be reported to the WV Legislature on a regular basis.









Promoting the West Virginia Perinatal Wellness Study 

Whereas, The number of West Virginia infants who die in the first year of life and percent of low-birth weight babies have increased significantly ranking West Virginia well below other states and below the national average for these two indicators of child well-being.  

Whereas West Virginia medical professionals report many pregnant women continue to smoke, one of the leading associated risk factors for low birth weight and for infant death, and in 2003 and over 26% of West Virginia pregnant women used tobacco during pregnancy ranking West Virginia the worst state in the nation for women who smoke during pregnancy.   

Whereas Thirty four percent of infant deaths in 2003 were to infants of mothers who smoked and infant mortality data also shows that West Virginia minorities have a significantly greater rate of infant death in the first month of life than do white infants.

Whereas Health professionals also report that West Virginia has a high percent of infants receiving expensive neonatal intensive care services and insufficient programs promoting perinatal wellness.  

Whereas, Across the nation, employers and managed care organizations are recognizing the unique opportunity to protect and promote the health and well-being of young children by supporting perinatal wellness programs. Childbirth-related costs are the single largest component of health care costs for many employers. One unhealthy birth can cost anywhere from $20,000 to more than $1 million, compared to about $6,400 for a normal, healthy delivery. Perinatal wellness programs have reduced employer costs by millions of dollars.  


Whereas, Many stakeholder organizations* have joined together to help increase public awareness and to address the issues involving causes of poor birth outcomes in  West Virginia. In addition their goal is to increase the awareness of legislators, administrations, policymakers and the public of the public policy issues that are important to improving pregnancy outcome in West Virginia; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby promotes the "West Virginia Perinatal Wellness" study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate is committed to encouraging all businesses and public entities to participate in the study  and encourages all West Virginians to become active in promoting the health of all pregnant women for the sake of our future citizens; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor and the Speaker of the House of Delegates.




Please check here often for updates on Legislative meetings concerning perinatal health and wellness in West Virginia.









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