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Could the Baby Bonus be a bonus for babies?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19296786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians needs to start in the womb. Rates of perinatal mortality, preterm birth and low birthweight are two to three times greater among the babies of Indigenous women than among those of non-Indigenous women; low birthweight predisposes infants to greater risks of chronic illness in later life. Indigenous women in Australia tend to present for antenatal care later in pregnancy than do non-Indigenous women. There are many barriers for Indigenous women seeking to access antenatal care - geographical, social, cultural, financial and in some cases a lack of service provision. Many of these problems are being addressed within the public health system and by Indigenous community-controlled health services. However, more needs to be done. While antenatal care cannot solve all medical and social problems, commencing such care as early as possible in pregnancy has the potential to improve maternal health and hence pregnancy outcomes. Changes in the way the government Baby Bonus is paid to new mothers could act as an incentive not only to service providers but also to women themselves to initiate antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Such a system has been well established for many years in France. Any changes to the Baby Bonus scheme should provide incentives and not be punitive in nature.
Caroline M de Costa; Mark Wenitong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  190     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-19     Completed Date:  2009-06-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  242-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
James Cook University School of Medicine, Cairns, QLD, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate
Financing, Government* / economics,  statistics & numerical data
Gift Giving
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Pregnancy Outcome
Prenatal Care / economics*

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