Cradle Kalamazoo works to ease transition for newborns coming home from the hospital


KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A West Michigan organization is working to help families once their newborn babies come home.

Cradle Kalamazoo wants to make the transition from the hospital to home a safe one for minority families.

In Kalamazoo County, their efforts cut the infant mortality rate to less than three for every 1,000 births, but Cradle Kalamazoo hopes to keep more babies safe.

"Everyone should car that there is a disparity. And when there's a disparity, we need to right that, and this is something that we can right," said Dr. Cheryl Dickson, a pediatrician for Cradle Kalamazoo. "We are making progress through the programs we've created. We've actually reduced the number of infants that we would have normally seen that would have died."

Cradle Kalamazoo will host their 3rd annual meeting Thursday to bring community leaders and local families together to protect the children.

It runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Roberson Street.

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