Georgia in Top Ten for Sickliest States for Kids

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Shawna Griffin knows the importance of pre-natal care.

"It's so important to make sure you're eating right and you're going and getting the check-ups," says Thomasville Resident Shawna Griffin.

When she's not working for the school system, she's spending time with little Collin.

"From working in different high schools, I have seen a very high number of teen pregnancies," says Griffin.

Kids Count Data Book shows that Mississippi ranks at number one, Georgia is number nine, and Florida follows behind at 15 of the sickliest states in the U.S. for kids.

"We see a lot of teenagers here that come and unfortunately we see several repeat cases," says Client Service Manager Brenda Davis.

Brenda Davis works at the Southwest Georgia Pregnancy Center where counseling and pregnancy testing are available, free of charge.

Staff at Pregnancy Center tell us 74 percent of their clients are 15-24 years old. They can come in and get a pregnancy test and in five minutes they'll have their results.

"It's scary when you're young and don't know what to do or how people will react, but there's help available," says Griffin.

With Georgia ranking in the top ten, Griffin says more people should take advantage of the free programs out there.

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  • by granny Location: grady on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:22 AM
    thats what is wrong now w/every one and why the gov is nearly broke!all free stuff!if they can go get prenant ,the girl and the boy should be made to pay for the service render! why should the tax payers have to pay for their fun times??
  • by john Location: florida on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:13 AM
    Sadly so many children have become a "cash crop".
  • by That's offensive on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    So being a pregnant as a teenager makes you a sick kid or the child born from a teenager is sick? The article didn't tie sickliest and pregnancy together well for me except that pre-natal care is important. People of all ages avoid prenatal care for various reasons, maybe because they don't have insurance, don't have money, are scared of doctors, who knows. But aren't getting birth control prescriptions or an abortion easily either. I'm not saying there's no other way to be responsible, but lets all be honest too. Protection every single time. Sometimes you might get pregnant. That doesn't mean you or your baby is necessarily sick.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    This is embarrassing. How can GA and Miss. be beating us in this? If this state was run by true conservatives instead of posers, we'd have the dumbest, fattest and sickest kids in the country!
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