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Cleveland Clinic to host baby 101 boot camp to help combat infant mortality

Oct 05, 2016 03:51PM ● By Today's Family
WHAT:  Cleveland Clinic is partnering with the March of Dimes and several other healthcare organizations to co-host an interactive baby 101 boot camp designed to educate parents and caregivers on proven strategies for preventing infant death during the first year of life.
Cuyahoga County has seen the highest rates of infant mortality in the state according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. Over a span of nearly 20 years (1991 -2010), Cuyahoga County reported 3,838 infant deaths – African Americans accounted for more than 60% of infant deaths while Caucasians represented nearly 40% of infant deaths. Today, African Americans are three times more likely than Caucasians to die before their first birthday.

The free event entitled, “Healthy You, Healthy Families,” is expected to draw 75 – 100 families. Participants will take part in discussions with local health experts, browse informational booths, and receive health resources.

Discovery stations include:
  • Safe Sleep: The ABC’s of infant sleep
  • Dads’ Boot Camp: Fathers’ role in infant health
  • Injury Prevention: Home and car seat safety
  • Breastfeeding and nutrition: Make sure you and your baby are eating right
  • Family Planning: Spacing pregnancies to prevent prematurity
  • Infant CPR: The basics of resuscitation
Free boxed lunches and babysitting are offered along with a raffle for a car seat and Pack-n-Play.
WHO:  This event is geared towards the crucial information moms, dads, grandparents, and babysitters need to know to keep babies safe.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 8, 2016 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE:  Harvard Community Services Center
                18240 Harvard Ave, Cleveland, OH 44128