Every baby deserves to celebrate their first birthday 🎂. During National Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, we focus on bringing awareness to the rate of babies that die each year before they reach their first birthday.
Infant mortality is a sentinel indicator of a community’s health. In 2019, 136 babies in Northeast Florida died before their first birthday, the equivalent of eight classes of kindergarteners. The most common causes of death are perinatal conditions like premature rupture of membranes, prematurity/low birth weight and sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). Improving a mother’s health before and during pregnancy, ensuring babies have safe sleep environments and addressing the social determinants of health, like poverty, crime, housing, etc., can help improve birth outcomes in the region.
The Healthy Start Coalition leads the community effort to reduce these infant deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of families in Northeast Florida. Help us give every baby the chance for a healthy start in life by making a donation to the Coalition this National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Your donation will help provide:
- Safe sleep environments and education
- Much-needed supplies for babies like diapers and wipes
- Transportation so families can participate in classes and education
- And more!