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Infant Mortality


Every baby deserves to celebrate their first birthday.

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Infant Mortality


Every baby deserves to celebrate their first birthday.

Infants born to black women in Metro Denver are 4 times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white women.

We want to eliminate this gap. We want all babies and families to have an equal chance to live a healthy life.

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. It can happen to a family regardless of income level, educational achievements, social status, and physical appearance including weight, age and fitness level.

In Metro Denver, and all of Colorado, the most common causes of infant mortality are babies born too soon (before 37 weeks gestation) and too small (low birth weight under 5 pounds 8 ounces or 25,000 grams).

Many babies also die in their sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should sleep in the same room, but not in the same bed, as other children, teens or adults. They should be placed on their back, without blankets, pillows or toys. Click here for more information about safe sleep.    

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What Can We Do


What can we do?

What Can We Do


What can we do?

The death of an infant or loss of a developing baby is heartbreaking for the family and for all of us. Through conservation, education, peer support and community resources, we can all help save the lives of black babies.

Both a woman’s and a man’s health before and in between pregnancies can increase the chances of having a healthy baby. The following are steps that can be taken for a healthy baby.

Women: take vitamins with folic acid and get to a healthy weight. Women and men: stop alcohol, tobacco and drug use, manage stress and find emotional support in the community. Learn behaviors to have a healthy today for your plans tomorrow.


Where and how to put a new baby to sleep is a decision made many times throughout the day and night. Newborns and infants up to one year must be placed to sleep safely.

Put your baby to sleep safely every time with the following recommendations: in the same room but not the same bed, on their back, and on a firm and flat surface with no blankets, pillows or toys. Learn more tips for safe sleep.

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Caring for a new baby is a joy but it can also be tough. Support groups can help pregnant moms and dads find answers, assistance and advice within their community.

Plan your baby together from the start with help from the resources below.

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Resources


Where can we go for support?

Resources


Where can we go for support?

A caring and supportive community is important for babies and families. We all play a part as neighbors, healthcare providers, community agencies, communities of faith and even governments and businesses. Together we can assure there are More Black Birthdays. Below are resources available for families in Metro Denver.

Healthy Start

Free help with family planning, group or traditional prenatal and well child care, and overall support to black families in Metro Denver. Services include parenting classes, support groups, home visitations, resource referral and more. Visit their website and call 303-386-2915 for more information and to enroll.

Group Prenatal Care

Montbello Health Center offers traditional prenatal care and group prenatal care for black women with similar due dates to ensure a healthy pregnancy for mom and baby. Call 303-602-3962 for more information and to enroll.

HEALTHIER BEGINNINGS

A community collaborative that seeks to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes of black infants in Aurora by bringing together respected community leaders including civic / service agencies, educators, healthcare professionals, primary care providers, mothers/fathers/family members and more. Visit their website for more information and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

IT ALL COUNTS

A campaign of Denver Public Health that shares information to support and empower women in the Denver area to take charge of their health. Information and resources cover mental health, healthy eating, active living, birth control, planning a family and more. Follow It All Counts on Facebook and Twitter.

GUERRILLA MAMAS

A community group providing a social support network, resources, and business opportunities for Black Mamas of Denver. For more information and meeting schedule, follow Guerrilla Mamas on Facebook.

MARCH OF DIMES

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Visit their website for more information and resources for families and professionals.