maternal health

mom and son in front of house
April Van Buren / Michigan Radio

It isn’t easy to kick a drug or alcohol addiction. In 2013, there were an estimated 21.6 million people with substance abuse disorders. Only 18% of them got any kind of treatment.

If you’re a mother or a pregnant woman, getting clean can be even tougher. But there are an increasing number of programs that are trying to break down some of the barriers these women face. I drove to Richmond, Michigan to visit one program that's trying to make it easier for those women to get the help they need. 

A few days ago a much buzzed about article predicted American society might collapse because more older women and men are having kids. Kids of older parents are at more risk of health and behavior problems. But mom's over 40 only make up 3 percent of parents. This article, complete with amazing charts, breaks down the statistics behind mom's ages and kids risks. Statistically, age is just a number, but poverty and a mom's lack of education, that's the stuff that matters.

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

Infant mortality rates in Michigan are better than they used to be, but still not good enough. 

Seven out of every 1,000 babies born in Michigan will die before their first birthday. This isn't a statistic the state is proud of, and lately there's been a lot of effort put into lowering this number.