Facts About Infant Mortality in the Bootheel:

There is No Small Problem

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.

Some Causes Are Known

The causes of infant mortality range from economic challenges and behavioral choices to the absence of education and the lack of access to resources. The following four areas define the situation and point to the solution:

  • Mother's Health During Pregnancy

  • Prenatal Care

  • Baby's Nutrition

  • A Safe Home

The Causes

It Affects the Entire Community

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.

It Can be Reduced – with Your Help

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.

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Bootheel Babies and Families is an infant mortality reduction initiative funded and supported by Missouri Foundation for Health working in coordination with BNHI and MBRC.