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Childbirth, kids' health focus of state conference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Childbirth and children's health issues are the focus of a conference in Charleston this week.

The goal of the conference that began Thursday and continues Friday at the Charleston Marriott is to educate professionals from a variety of fields.

Discussions are planned on the social, emotional and economic origins of poor health and policies that promote better health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and children.

Among the specific subjects scheduled to be discussed include caring for drug-dependent babies, child poverty, post-partum depression, reducing teen pregnancy, and infants' safe sleeping habits.

The conference is sponsored by the Charleston Area Medical Center's Health Education and Research Institute, the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership and the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.


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