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Experts Hope to Tackle Infant Mortality

By Daniel Cherry | Published 17 Oct 2012 05:49pm | comments
Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. But as MPB's Daniel Cherry reports experts say the solution lies in education about healthy pregnancies and safe sleeping conditions. 
 
The infant mortality rate in Mississippi last year was 9.4 deaths per 1,000 live births...well above the national average of 6 deaths per 1,000. Dr. Yvonne Maddox is with the National Institutes of Health. She says infants should sleep alone, on their backs, in a crib, without blankets, pillows or stuffed animals, which can cause accidental suffocation.
 
"We find in many communities, certainly in communities of color, but also communities of low socio-economic status, that people don't have cribs so they're bed sharing. Either with other siblings or even co-sharing the bed with their parents."
 
Infant mortality among African American children in Mississippi is nearly twice as high as white children.

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