As I finished the latter of this book, I thought I would be able to come to a conclusion of what causes low birth weight. However, it seems to me that the question will be hard to answer even in the near future. From looking at the studies, all we can do is take preventive measures because what we DO know is that low-birth weight has many harmful consequences. And so, the idea that “family histories of low birth weight should be taken into account in eligibility and benefit-level criteria” was stunning to me. This is because it is a simple thing to do. And this procedure can be done in almost all patient settings. When patients check-in for an appointment at a hospital, all they need to do is check off a box whether or not their parents were low-birth weight babies. I’m not sure if the information is easily accessible. However, once it is found, I believe it will be useful information. It states, “Attention to birth weight status may help parents, teachers, and physicians recognize and refine treatments for disability and developmental delay (153).
I believe this statement is very true but there seems to be no implementation of this idea. It has been almost 10 years since this book has been published and a simple standard for medical histories like this is yet to be made. Thinking further about this issue, I realized the issue of low-birth weight babies is not known to the public as much as it should be. I also would not have been aware if it weren't for this course. The latter chapters also mention how government programs can help prevent LBW babies but this made me question how the minorities of NY would benefit out of this. Most of the minorities of NY are immigrants and they are also undocumented-which means that they can't take part in these government programs. I wonder what kind of preventive measures can be taken for them at this time. Overall, I feel like the awareness level for the effects of LBW babies are not high enough. And resources to prevent the issue are not available for everyone.