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The majority of the infants mortality and morbidity in the United States resulted from low birth weight and preterm births. This can be related to the socioeconomic status of the parents, certain behaviors during pregnancy, cultures, etc. The negative effects these might have on early childhood might be poor health, poor development, and poor education. Behrman & Butler (2007,p. 132), stated that ”African-American women are more likely than white women to experience a number of infections, including bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections”, which is categorized as one of the major factor leading to cultural disparities. The diagnosis and treatment of these conditions vary among different cultural groups. Families caring for preterm infants face multiple challenges; like financial impact to manage the effects of prematurity throughout the childhood to the adulthood, the stress and the dysfunction placed on the family, for instance, it might be difficult for parents to maintain employment, the mother psychosocial well-being may also be affected, and led to the risk of postpartum depression. Low birth weight babies spend months to survive and require constant monitoring and ongoing care because of immature lung function. Caring for babies with long-term disabilities requires emotional and financial needs of families as well as the society. The Institute of Medicine estimates the cost of health care for preterm infants to be $26 billion each year, which â€œdoes not include subsequent lifelong costs of medical therapy and other needsâ€ (Connors, 2008, p. 29). Because of the wide range of the health outcomes, lots of resources are needed for necessary medical, neurodevelopment, and educational support for the families of preterm born infants. For example, in Maryland, there is a program called Grahamâ€™s Foundation. This is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Jennifer and Nick Hall in memory of their son, Graham. Its mission is to offer both practical and emotional support to parents of micro-preemie babies. The foundation supports the parents by sending care packages to them during their journey in the NICU and the foundationâ€™s website provides a place for parents to share their stories and find support by identifying families in need and connects them to important health and social services.