First Lady Talks Infant Mortality Reduction With Kiwanis Club

First Lady Linda Daugaard updated members of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Kiwanis Club Monday about a number of initiatives she’s taken up in the role of First Lady. South Dakota’s high infant mortality rate is one.  Daugaard says infant deaths have dropped since the efforts began…

She says one of the main areas they focused on was finding safer sleeping practices for baby and turned to North Dakota for help. Daugaard says they implemented the Cribs for Kids program, which is modeled after a North Dakota program…

Over 92-hundred cribs have been given away. New moms must go through instructions and education before being given a crib and special tagging prevent the fold-away style of portable cribs to be returned to a store for cash. Another difficult area involved getting babies to sleep on their backs especially in the Native American community…

Daugaard is stressing new parents use A-B-C when putting an infant to sleep. They stand for Alone, on the Back, in a Crib. Other points the Infant Mortality Task Force looked at included better pre-natal care, reducing smoking by expectant mothers and cutting down on early-elective deliveries before 40 weeks of pregnancy.