The Infant Mortality Prevention Initiative, IRIS-Increasing the Rate
of Infant Survival, aims to develop and implement initiatives to reduce
infant deaths in Hamilton County. Current initiatives include a Safe Sleep
Campaign and promotion of programs to reduce tobacco use in pregnancy and
around babies. We also focus on promotion of healthy ladies before pregnancy,
early and consistent prenatal care, kick counting/fetal movement monitoring
during pregnancy, and promotion of Text4Baby.
What is Infant Mortality?
Infant Mortality is the death of a live born infant in the first
year of life. In the US, major causes of infant death are congenital abnormalities,
pre-term/low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), problems
related to complications with pregnancy, and respiratory distress syndrome.
The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is the number of infant deaths that occur
per 1,000 live births.
Safe Sleep Promotion Campaign
Access to and use of a safe sleep environment is key to reducing sleep
Remember the ABC’s of Safe Sleep: Babies should sleep Alone,
on their Back, and in a Crib.
In 2016, 139 Tennessee babies died as result of suffocation, strangulation
or entrapment while sleeping. That equals 7 kindergarten classes
full of children who did not live to see their first birthday or their
first day of kindergarten.
Safe Sleep Floor Talkers are adhesive floor or wall decals that promote
the ABCs of safe sleep. The following agencies have partnered with IRIS
to display the floor talkers at their facilities. All Hamilton County
WIC Clinics, Cigna, UNUM. If your agency would like to display
a floor talker, please contact our department.
See also: Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department SIDS Page
Safe Sleep Resources
Tennessee Safe Sleep
Safe to Sleep
Click to View the Infant Mortality Fact Sheet 2018