Infant Mortality

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A northern Michigan woman has been charged with murder in the death of her second infant in five years. The Grand Rapids Press reports 32-year-old Lisa Rae Bryan faces charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice. The Emmet County woman is charged in the November 2016 death of her infant daughter, Isabella Powrozek.

A study released this week by the Michigan League for Public Policy concluded that while infant death numbers are down in the state of Michigan, African American infants have a death rate that’s twice as high as white infants. And Strong Beginnings in Grand Rapids is tackling the issue head on.

Abandoned baby left at Grand Rapids hospital

Jun 12, 2017

A man visiting a local hospital discovered an abandoned baby in his car as he was about to leave. After calling authorities, police officers were dispatched to Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital this morning and where they discovered the infant. The man and the baby were unrelated. 

The baby, who authorities say is only a few days old was taken into the hospital and medically examined. Officials say the infant appears to be in good health. They did not say if they have any leads on who left the baby in the vehicle or what the baby's gender is. 

GRPD: 3-week-old child dies after dog attack

May 26, 2017

Police say a 3-week-old child who was left alone in a house with three dogs has died after apparently being attacked by one of the animals in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the child was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday morning after being attacked Thursday night. 

A new ad campaign is being launched in the hopes of raising awareness for child vaccinations. Michigan health officials are launching a vaccination campaign that stresses the importance of vaccinations. The "I Vaccinate" campaign created by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Franny Strong Foundation--will use television, radio, digital, social and outdoor advertising aimed at preventing serious diseases in children. In addition, a website launched where more information can be found about vaccinations. 

A man and woman who authorities say buried the man's infant son in a shallow grave in southern Michigan have been sentenced.

New estimates from a state department show fewer Michigan infants dying while the state develops policies to save more babies.

A February report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state's infant mortality rate fell by 14.6 percent from 2000 to 2013 but still is slightly higher than the national rate of 6 deaths for every 1,000 births.

The announcement Wednesday comes after the department worked with other organizations in response to what the report calls "persistently high infant mortality rates." / WGVU Public Media

WGVU Inclusion Reporter Mariano Avila joins us on the Morning Show today to talk about the next episode of Mutually Inclusive, airing tonight on WGVU-TV.

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A minority infant in west Michigan is two to four times more likely to die before the age of one than a white infant. WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive takes a look at the how and why.

“So, infant mortality varies dramatically across communities. And that’s something that people don’t quite understand, is infant mortality is a white-glove test for how well a community is taking care of it’s most vulnerable citizens.”

That’s Cathy Kothari, professor at Western Michigan University’s school of medicine.

Mercy Health St. Mary's now provides free sleep sacks to every baby born in the hospital. The goal is to prevent infant death. Clinical Nurse Manager Linda Foster joins us to share the details.