For pregnant women, the consequences of meal uncertainty stretch beyond mom’s health. Inconsistent food access can lead to low birth weight and a greater risk for birth defects. But a relatively new program in D.C. is hoping that several months of healthy, hearty meals can make a big difference in the health of young families.
The rate of premature births is on the rise in the U.S. This means more babies are being born too soon, placing them at a greater risk for health complications, even death. Here’s how D.C., Maryland and Virginia fare.
The first few years of a child’s life set the foundation for a lifetime of health and well-being. And in D.C., home health visits are ensuring that low-income children have the same opportunities as their peers.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser addressed an overflowing room of politicians, health care experts and local parents at an open-to-the-public summit on maternal and infant health. Here’s what happened.
While postpartum depression gets a fair amount of attention, depression during pregnancy is often overlooked.
Nationally, black women die from pregnancy-related causes three to four times more often than other women. What’s behind the disparity? Experts say it stems from a troubling history in America. WTOP examines the issue in our special report, Dangers of Childbirth.
The number of American women who experience severe, often life-threatening, complications during pregnancy and childbirth has increased almost 200 percent in recent years, and pregnancy-associated deaths are on the rise. The D.C. area is not immune to these troubling trends. WTOP takes a look at what’s threatening the lives of mothers.
Recreating the District in video game form was no small task. Here's how the developers did it.