Our mission is to decrease the infant death rate in Stoddard County by utilizing resources within our county to adequately provide pre post natal care, safe sleep practice education, and access to support and treatment for substance use and misuse in pregnant women.
Missouri Foundation for Health's Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative was established in 2013 to address the high infant death rates in St. Louis and the bootheel counties Stoddard, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Pemiscot, and Dunklin. Through funding from Missouri Foundation for Health, Bootheel Babies and Families is working toward decreasing infant deaths in Stoddard County as well as other counties in the bootheel. Focus areas are:
*Safe Sleep As many as 75% of infant deaths in the Bootheel are related to unsafe sleep habits
*Substance use and misuse among pregnant women A baby is born with neonatal abstinence syndrome every 25 minutes in the United States.
*Pre- and postnatal care 1 in 5 infants in Missouri is born to a woman who received inadequate pre-natal care
This is a community effort. If you or an organization you are part of wants help find solutions to decrease infant death in Stoddard County we welcome you to join Bootheel Babies and Families. See our events section on the home page for upcoming opportunities and events.