Infant Loss Resources strives to stay active in our communities and bring awareness of safe sleep habits to families and the broader population.
Babies and Barbershops
Our work of reducing the infant mortality rate directly impacts the communities of color in our region. Of concern and the driver for Infant Loss Resources is the infant mortality rate of black babies. According to the MO Department Social Service, in 2017 Black infants are 7x more likely to die of sleep related deaths in Missouri.
This project seeks to expand and take a comprehensive approach to ensure educational programming on safe sleep is reaching all potential caregivers, whether that be mom, dad or grandparents. Efforts will specifically target the Black Male community on safe sleep practices by establishing culturally relevant information to the community.
With this in mind Infant Safe Sleep "Babies and Barbershops" project was developed. Barbers are trained to become Safe Sleep Champions to educate community/customers on safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of infant death.