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Tenn. Infant Morality Likened to Third World Country

Credit nfnf.org

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.