FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With November being Prematurity Awareness Month, Indiana Healthier Moms and Babies is working to make sure more babies live to see their first birthday.
"Allen County, the pre-term rate is around 13%. At Healthier Moms and Babies, we are serving the community's most vulnerable women and our pre-term rate is around 6%," Executive Director Paige Wilkins said.
This Month Governor Eric Holcomb announced the infant mortality rate for the state reached a historic low in 2019.
"Our 2019 infant mortality numbers are in and we've gone down again. We are down to 6.5% out of 1,000 live births. That is the absolute lowest recorded in Indiana history," Governor Eric Holcomb said.
While the Indiana State Health Department has not released local numbers yet Wilkins said, the work isn't done.
"We're involved in a lot of meetings with ISDH. We're working to see how we can improve our infant mortality levels not only from a statewide, but also a community-wide level," Wilkins added.
They provide family partnerships with RNs for first time mothers.
They also provide help for mothers who struggle with smoking and provide mentorship for fathers.
Wilkins said they will be hosting their "Fighting For First" event virtually this year from Promenade Park on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
She said the more people are informed, the more lives can be saved.
"Often times if moms knew the signs of pre-term labor, They can stall the pregnancy. They can get into their doctor to stall the pregnancy for one, two, three weeks which means everything in the development of a baby," Wilkins said.
You can register for the event, and make a donation, by visiting their website.