Tenn. Infant Morality Likened to Third World Country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 800 medically fragile newborns are cared for each year by an organization launched in Tennessee more than a decade ago with the help of former Titan offensive tackle Fred Miller.
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee conducts more than 4400 home visits a year to follow the growth of at-risk babies to the age of 2.
Executive director Vicki Beaver says her nurses are ready to take a phone call from moms in need of assistance 24 hours a day.
“Tennessee, unfortunately, ranks 45th in the nation in infant mortality; that’s children dying within the first year of life. That is worse than many third-world countries.”
Mom Natasha and baby Keiy were featured in a recent Nurses for Newborns video.
“Nurses for Newborns helps me make better decisions, and it also empowers me, and teaches me, to do the things that I know that I can do.”
The Tennessee chapter of Nurses for Newborns is currently serving families in Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties.
To learn more, visit nfnf.org/Tennessee.