Baby Boxes 4 Life in Michigan
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Graduate students Sheri Dailey, Renee Frahm, Jennifer Skinner, and Sandra Tiffany from Ferris State University's Social Work program are advocating for the State of Michigan to amend the application for Title V funding to include a Baby Box Program.
For every 1,000 Michigan live births, almost seven infants die before reaching their first birthday.
In 2014, 773 infants under the age of one year died, resulting in an infant mortality rate of 6.8 per 1,000 live births.
The Michigan infant mortality rate continues to be higher than the last reported national rate. The 2014 infant death rate for the United States is 5.9.
Based on the sleep-related infant deaths from 2014, nearly half of the infants that died were in an adult bed, and a fifth were on a couch, chair, or floor.
We are asking for the Bureau of Family, Maternal and Child Health, specifically Rashmi Travis, MPH, CHES Title V MCH Program Director to consider amending the current application for Title V funding to include a Baby Box Program.
Per the Baby Box Company, A Bed Box serves primarily as a safe, comfortable place for infants to sleep, similar to a bassinet. An ideal spot for the box is on the floor right next to the parents' bed. Some parents prefer keeping their Bed Box in the living room or dining area so that their baby can relax nearby while the parents are busy with chores, meals, and so on. Finally, once the baby has outgrown the box, it can be re-purposed as a toy box or storage container perfect for storing all of the clothes that the baby has also outgrown.
Please help us to advocate for this change by signing the petition urging Program Director Rashmi Travis to to initiate the suggested application amendment!
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