Detroit has a higher neonatal and maternity percentage than any other city in our state and the rest of the U.S.

However, with this new cooperation, it is expected to cut down those numbers by starting a home visiting program. In this way, first-time moms will be paired with experienced nurses.

Shar Fuquay stated that she had been pretty incapable of comprehending what she was supposed to do at the time when she heard that she was pregnant.

Majority of women felt just the same way as Shar Fuquay when they found out that they were going to bring their first baby into the world.

To hear that news can be thrilling. Nevertheless, it also raises questions and the level of uncertainty for something completely new and unfamiliar is going to happen.

Fuquay confirmed that at the time of her pregnancy, she was afraid, irritated, and anxious about where she was going to bring the baby and to what kind of life.

When looking at the numbers, it is sad to see that, out of 1,000 newborns in Detroit, 13 die in the first year. Such infant mortality rate is almost twice the percentage in the rest of the state.

The problem of neonatal death rate is at the same time related to maternal fatality. Regardless of their economic or social class, it is proven that dying due to issues during the pregnancy is three or four times more likely to occur among African-American women than among white women.

Chy Johnson said that she knew how one felt when lacking encouragement and a person who would guide them. It is vital to have someone who will inform you where to find help regarding your health issues. She did not have that support

Well-acquainted with women’s needs, Chy Jonson, Starfish Family Services, is starting the collaboration with Nurse-Family Partnership on a broadened program in Detroit. With proper resources, they will do everything to decrease the fatality percentage.

Experienced and particularly trained nurses will pay regular visits to first-time mothers with low incomes in Detroit. Mothers will enter the program while in early pregnancy, and it will last until the child’s second birthday.

The first thing that the organization has to do is to build up a beneficial, healing, and trustful relationship with mothers and NFP’s supervising nurses, Melissa Klein stated.

Nurses will support mothers through regular visits from prenatal time. When a mom gives birth, nurses will help with every question or problem she might have with baby, from feeding to sleeping.

The routine is of utmost importance to both the mother and the baby. Both sides have to synchronize and find that calmness and peace, according to Klein.

Fuquay shared one more experience. She was in distress because she was unable to feed her baby son. Fuquay was feeding him through a medical syringe. The help came fast. Furthermore, she complimented the nurses from NFP and added that moms always needed help no matter how experienced they were in other areas of life.

Fuquay’s story has a good end. She has two young and above all, healthy children. Inspired by the nurse that helped her, she became a midwife. Moreover, she has even founded a nonprofit organization.

Johnson, who has grown-up children, stated that the process might last longer, but she was full of hope that things would be better. Now Detroit mothers have somewhere to turn for help.

She said that her wish was to make sure that mothers had support as the one this organization provided.

The program started on September 23. It is free of charge. Mothers just have to pass the qualification process. For further information, the free-tool number is available: 1-888-nfb-baby.

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