I have to write a 2 page paper today for one of my online classes. This paper is supposed to be about what are the biggest environmental and biological risks for those in your community who are thinking about having a baby. In other words- what are the biggest risks associated with having a baby in your community. So I've been researching this and I can't even get any of my paper written. I seriously am just sitting here bawling about it. Kentucky has one of the highest pre-term birth rates. We also are the 6th highest states in mercury in the air (leading to birth defects). We have one of the highest overall pollution rates leading to birth defects. We have the highest rate of smoking (in some Kentucky counties 1 out of every 2 pregnant women smoke! On average, 1 of every 4 pregnant women in Kentucky smoke. The national average is 1 in 10 pregnant women smoke). We also have one of the higher rates of childhood cancer.
ARGH! Bad time to have to write this paper. Bad, bad time.