These women are taking to the streets to fight infant mortality

When LaVonia Abavana was pregnant with the last of her three children, she was stressed and depressed, losing and gaining weight rapidly as she tried to balance parenting, a split from her partner and running a household.

Her son, who’s now 9, was born with a birth defect: a heart murmur. He continues to suffer from Tourettes Syndrome.

Abavana said she didn’t understand how letting herself go could affect the health of her baby, after already carrying two healthy kids. That’s why the 46-year-old woman was drawn to Trusted Links, a mentoring program in Camden under the Southern New Jersey Perinatal …read more

Source: Camden

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