Premature Birth, Low-Birth Weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc.’s Cradle of Hope Campaign Makes a Difference

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While the overall infant mortality rate for Maryland is declining, other birth statistics are startling: 12.5% of babies are born premature; 8.8 percent are born with low-birth weights; and 7.6% die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome before they reach the age of four months. The 6th Annual Cradle of Hope Luncheon Awards Ceremony and Auction on May 17th honors those who work to make a difference in the health of Maryland's at-risk mothers and babies.

The Cradle of Hope™: Campaign for Healthy Babies is Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc.’s public awareness initiative to engage communities across Maryland in the effort to have all babies born healthy, reduce low birth weight and premature births, rally support of women who have experienced the loss of a baby, and assist teen-aged girls and women between conception.

Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. is hosting its 6th Annual Cradle of Hope Luncheon and Awards Ceremony to honor those who have worked to make a difference in the lives of at-risk pregnant women and infants. Keynote speaker, Lisa D. Delpit, author and Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, will share insights on the education gap and its impact on health disparities from a national perspective. Special Cradle of Hope awards will be presented to the Honorable Donna F. Edwards, U.S. Congresswoman for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District and Janice Frey-Angel, President and CEO of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

The 6th Annual Cradle of Hope Luncheon is scheduled for Friday May 17, 2013, from 12noon to 2:00 p.m. will be located at The Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

BALTIMORE HEALTHY START, INC. is committed to reducing infant mortality by utilizing a Life Course Perspective for improving the health and well-being of women and their families through the provision of comprehensive, supportive services offered in the communities where at-risk families live. Please call 410-396-7318 for more information or visit

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