Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is determined by the number of children who die before their first birthday. In the Bootheel, the IMR is significantly higher than the national average, and the highest in the state of Missouri.
Not only does the loss of children traumatically affect the lives of mothers and loved ones, it also has long lasting emotional, and even economical, impacts on EVERYONE in the community.
While the problem of infant mortality in the Bootheel is real, so are the possibilities to significantly reduce the number of deaths. Whether you are a community leader, a business owner, or an individual willing to help, everyone can take an active role in getting babies to their first birthday.