2013 National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (NIMAM) and text4baby is partnering with organizations including the National Healthy Start Association and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to spread the word about this critical health crisis in the U.S. and the importance of connecting more mothers to health information through programs like text4baby. Text4baby is one piece of the solution to addressing the complicated problem of infant mortality. By providing moms - particularly those facing disproportionately high risks of poor birth outcomes and infant mortality - with free, accurate, and easy-to-understand health information via text message, we are helping to connect more moms to the resources, care, and knowledge they need to make the best possible choices for their babies.
As those working in the maternal and child health field are aware, the infant mortality rate (6 in 1,000 live births) in the U.S. is one of the highest among developed nations. Not only is our rate high compared to other countries, but health disparities within the U.S. linger: black babies die at a rate more than twice that of their white counterparts.
Baby Buggy Events
While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park for Baby Buggy walks, moms and families can learn about eating right, making time for exercise, and health-related resources in the community (all free and open to the public).
Click here for a list of events in your city.
Spreading the Word
We need your help to let pregnant women and moms know about text4baby and Infant Mortality Awareness Month.The following tools and resources are available to help with your promotional efforts: