July 24, 2014

I was in awe after reading the July 21 front-page article “Among poor women, a big gain: Babies are healthier.” I am a mother of three grown sons and have been married to their father for 40 years. My husband and I work and buy health insurance. When insurance did not cover our medical bills, we paid the doctors and hospitals the balance. We never received help from the Women, Infants and Children program, met with a nutritionist or received any vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

The article profiled Wanda Verret, 34, who was pregnant with her first child at 14 and is now pregnant with her fourth. There was no mention of a father. Every mother wants access to prenatal care to help ensure the birth of a healthy baby; in the case of Ms. Verret, taxpayers provide this to her for free. Taxpayers should not be paying for all her services.

Valerie Ross, Clarksburg