The Mission of Bootheel Babies & Families is to support, educate, and empower families and community partners to improve maternal and child outcomes, enabling families to thrive. We’re committed to reducing infant deaths by addressing three key causes of infant mortality:

Explore three key factors

driving the Infant Mortality Rate in Missouri’s Bootheel:


Access to healthcare plays a vital role in infant mortality in the Bootheel. Discover how, and what steps are needed for a better future.

Safe Sleep

75% of infant deaths in the Bootheel are related to unsafe sleep habits. Learn how you can help prevent future deaths.

Substance Misuse

Substance abuse and misuse both affect the health and wellbeing of families in the Bootheel. Here’s what you can do to help.