June 29, 2010
700 Tennessee babies are dying each year
I came across a post yesterday from the Nashvillest that shocked me:
Tennessee now has an infant mortality rate that’s comparable to that of a third world country. [WKRN]
How can this be? How is this possible when we live in a city renonwned for it’s medical industry?
According to the WKRN story, nationally, Tennessee ranks 47th for its infant mortality rate, with more than 700 babies dying each year.
Dr. Judy Aschner, the Director of the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, spoke to News 2. “You can’t have healthy children if you don’t have a healthy mother…address the health of women in Tennessee which is appalling,” she said.
Really troubled by this I tweeted the story and question to my friends in Nashville and Tennessee, asking the question, what can we do? Friends responded instantly with feedback about the disturbing story, but my friend Katy Kirby wrote:
I trust Katy, so I checked out the Martha O’Brien Center. I’m really impressed with what I’ve been reading about the non-profit organization. I’m going to help to fundraise and raise awareness for the center.
By helping to serve Nashville’s James A. Cayce housing, which is among the poorest neighborhoods in the city, we’ll be helping single women and children. 89% of households are headed by a single woman; 59% of the residents are children under the age of 18.
This will be a way that I can do my part in helping to support the health and education of our less fortunate. Perhaps it will even save a life.
What are you planning to do?