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Infant Mortality Rate Reduction Initiative


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The number of children who die before their 1st birthday is a measure of the health status in the United States. Reducing the infant mortality rates across the nation takes a concerted effort to achieve this goal. Every child deserves the chance to reach 365 days (1st birthday) of life and enjoy many more birthdays to come.

Clayton County has one of the state's highest infant mortality rates and a high number of infant deaths. Clayton County's feto-infant mortality rate (deaths from 20-weeks gestation through the first year of life) is 22 deaths out of every 1,000 births. Georgia's feto-infant mortality rate is 17 deaths out of every 1,000 births.

In an effort to reduce Clayton County's infant mortality rate, the Clayton County Board of Health has developed an initiative, M.O.M.S. (Making Our Mothers Successful). This initiative utilizes collaborative, community-based strategies to improve Clayton County's birth outcomes.

Potential causes of high-risk pregnancies and infant deaths:

The M.O.M.S.initiative hopes to reduce the infant mortality rate by:

For more information about the M.O.M.S. initiative, please call (678) 610-7259.