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Pregnant women can find suppot at PSJC

Dear Editor:

The Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County (PSJC) began serving pregnant women in July of 2010 by providing material, emotional and spiritual resources during and after pregnancy. Clients receive support and encouragement to make healthy life choices including, life skills, education, and healthy parenting. All staff are volunteers supported by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Since 2010 the center has served 255 clients. The average age of the women served is 19 to 23. Many of our clients are married and working or pursuing their education but need material, emotional or spiritual support from the center. The PSCJC provides one-on-one mentoring with educational material regarding prenatal health, newborn and infant care for pregnant women and their families.
The Board of Directors and volunteer staff at the PSCJS have worked diligently to address the prenatal care concerns in Johnson County. According to the State of Tennessee Maternal child health statistics, low birth weight has been a significant health concern in for many years in Johnson County. In 2007 the low-birth weight was 9.6 percent, in 2008 it was 9.9 percent and in 2009 it was 11 percent. In 2010 Johnson County was the highest in the state for low-birth weight at 15.1 percent. PSCJC began servicing women in July of 2010 by providing incentive programs to encourage them to make their prenatal appointment and also provided prenatal and infant care education. From July of 2010 until the end of year 2011 the center serviced 120 pregnant women.
We are proud to announce that the 2011 Tennessee Department of Health low birth weight statistic for Johnson County has significantly dropped. Johnson County is now one of lowest in the state of Tennessee for low-birth weight only 5.4 percent! We believe the incentive programs, mentoring and support from center volunteers led to the clients adhering to early and ongoing care thus directly improving the low birth weight statistic for Johnson County.
We would like anyone interested to visit our center and to let pregnant women in Johnson County know about our services. We are located at 917 Crossroad Drive and hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4 pm.

Samanthia Norman
Director, Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County