When you hear the words “homeless person” , what comes to mind? A man who hasn’t showered for two weeks and smells of beer and urine? A woman who is addicted to crack? A Vietnam Vet who has PTSD? You probably didn’t think of a baby:
Homeless infants usually have low birth rates.
Homeless mothers are less likely to receive prenatal care.
Babies who are underweight, and whose mothers have not received prenatal care, are nine times more likely to die before the age of one.
The homeless babies who survive their first year have less access to basic medical care than other babies. One-third of homeless babies lack basic immunizations.
Homeless babies who live in overcrowded conditions, such as a shelters, are more exposed to illness.
The next time you are tempted to think of homeless people as “lazy” or "crazy", remember homeless babies.