Here in the United States of America, all babies are born healthy and new parents do not need to worry about their infants dying, right? That is something only parents in developing countries worry about, isn’t it? Wrong.
American babies still die from many problems that we can prevent as well as complications we have no idea how to stop. Many of our babies that die are born months too early (premature), with serious birth defects, or die due to complications the mother faces during her pregnancy. Other babies are born small and sickly because the mother smoked while she was pregnant or didn’t get enough nutritious food to eat.
There are many steps we can all take to help each baby be born healthy and live. One of the most important steps to take is to help all women be healthy before they become pregnant. Use this site to learn more about what you can do to prevent infant deaths.
The Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition is a community partnership housed within the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.
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