Sigma Gamma Rho supports teen mothers and fathers in Rochester
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Sigma Chapter of Rochester hosted its 4th annual Project Cradle Care program in conjunction with Pathways to Success, a program of the Rochester City School District and the Federal Office of Adolescent Health, which services pregnant and parenting teen mothers and fathers. The event featured an informational presentation on lactation and the importance of breast feeding for the growth and development of a happy and healthy baby. Attendees received information on community health services and resources thorough a service provider fair which included Fidelis Care, Highland Family Planning, Monroe County WIC, The Community Place, Healthy Baby Network, Center for Youth, Mother To Baby UR Medicine, Jordan Health, and New York Life.
The Project CRADLE Care – Health Fair & Resource Program is a partnership with the March of Dimes. According to March of Dimes, premature birth is the number one cause of death during the first month of life. Teenage pregnancy and parenthood are also a growing problem in America. About 13 percent of all birth defects affect babies born to very young ladies. Adolescent childbearing presents health risks to both mother and baby and has long-term consequences for teenagers, their babies and society.
“Statistics show that 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely and African-American families have a higher percentage of preterm births. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will continue its work to provide awareness in an effort to reduce the number of babies born too soon,” said Bonita Herring, 23rd International President.