“Infant mortality in Missouri’s six Bootheel counties has been an ongoing problem. Recent data shows these counties have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the state.”
From left Kelley Clark, Lead Case Manager for Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start at Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Rob Turner, Project Management Coordinator for Bootheel Babies and Families and Teletia Atkins, the Data Manager at Bootheel Babies and Families
“Averett delivered Elessandra three weeks early at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. But before she was able to leave the hospital, her nurse gave her something she wasn’t expecting.”
Candice Averett and her then three-week-old daughter Elessandra Averett at their home in Dexter on Jan. 31, 2017.
“If you are pregnant and living in certain communities in southeast Missouri, you should know about a new gift you’ll get after you give birth.
When you go to deliver your baby, you will now be leaving with a baby box.
The boxes will be given to new families – in Scott, Stoddard, Pemiscot, Mississippi, Dunklin and New Madrid Counties – in a push to lower the number of infant deaths a year.”
“Thanks to a long-standing practice in Finland and donations from two St. Louis entities, Billee Williamson and other mothers of newborns in Missouri’s Bootheel have a new tool to combat high rates of sleep deaths: cardboard boxes for their babies to sleep inside.”
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