Monday, August 24, 2009

Heads Up on Infant Mortality

September is Infant Mortality month, and Orlando Midwife Jennie Joseph is leading an international campaign to raise awareness of this important issue. Did you know that 1,687 babies died before age one in 2007 in the state of Florida alone? The 2009 Campaign for Healthier Babies is drawing attention to infant mortality by knitting one baby hat for every baby who didn't reach their first birthday, in what Jennie calls the 'Heads Up on Infant Mortality' program.

"Too many babies are being born too soon, too small, or too sick to survive," said Jennie Joseph, CPM, Executive Director of Commonsense Childbirth. Please join Jennie in her endeavor to promote early prenatal care and save the lives of our children!

How you can help:

- knit or crochet one or more baby hats
- teach someone how to knit or crochet a baby hat
- donate to the campaign
- encourage all pregnant women to start prenatal care right away - we can help, no one is turned away

The hats will be displayed at a rally in September (date & time TBA). You can help by knitting or crocheting one or more infant hats and bringing or mailing your hat(s) to:

The Birth Place
1130 E. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Call: (407) 656-6938

In Sarasota, you can save shipping costs by bringing your hats to Birthways Family Birth Center by September 1st, and midwives Christina Holmes and Sabrina Zehr will mail them for you!

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