NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The infant mortality rate is high according to a Mercy Health spokesperson in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Much of this is due to lack of education, support and resources. To curb that, an infant health fair was held at Eastwood Mall.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they provide information to reduce sleep -related deaths in infants and also educate parents about safe sleep practices.
Those there said there are many resources in the Valley. They all want to come together to bring knowledge about them.
“” We have safe sleep kits with a sleep sack as well as a refrigerated sack to store your breast milk. Lots of information about safe sleep, about pet safety. We have raffles for free car seats as well as pack-and-plays, ”said Jennifer Manning with Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
“We provide pre-natal care. We have nurses and doctors working with our patients. We provide them with a nutritious meal at their pre-natal appointment in addition to pack-and-plays, diaper, car seat, childbirth education doula support, ”said April Young with Mercy Health.
Manning and Young said the event was beneficial because they could refer people to each other based on the help they needed.