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For more information on Safe Sleep, call (423) 209-8135.

Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative

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 related deaths.
Remember the ABC’s of Safe Sleep: Babies should sleep Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib.

In 2020, 115 Tennessee babies died as result of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment while sleeping. That equals 5 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.

Preconception Health
Preconception Health Basics
Preconception Health from the CDC

Healthy Babies Resources Guide
The Infant Mortality Community Action Team has compiled this Healthy Babies Resource Guide to highlight community initiatives and programs working to improve birth outcomes in Hamilton County, and to promote improved interagency care coordination and collaboration. 

Healthy Babies Resource Guide (pdf)

See also: Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department SIDS Page

Safe Sleep Resources
Tennessee Safe Sleep
Safe to Sleep

Helpful links:
CDC Infant Mortality
Count the Kicks
Healthy Birth Day
March of Dimes
Folic Acid
Tobacco QuitLine
Baby and Me Tobacco Free
Preterm Labor & Birth

Infant Mortality Fact Sheet 2018

Click to View the Infant Mortality Fact Sheet 2018