The infant mortality rate in Shelby County hit an all-time low in 2011, with deaths occurring before an infant reaches age one down from 14.9% to 9.6% per every 1,000 babies born. The Regional Medical Center (The MED) has been a significant contributor to the drop in the rate, thanks to its commitment as a community partner for healthier babies and its availability of specialized training and cutting-edge technology.
This Mother's Day, The MED Foundation also continues to be proactive in support of healthy newborns and new moms. The Foundation - the entity that raises funds and public awareness for The MED's advanced capabilities and its Centers of Excellence - is offering the Baby Clothes Closet, a community-engagement effort to help lighten the load that moms face when their babies are born prematurely or high-risk at the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center. Families that are presented with the challenge of a high risk pregnancy and/or premature baby often do not have the time to prepare the way others do. The Baby Clothes Closet provides new clothes and supplies - at no cost - to moms in need for their baby after being discharged from the hospital.
The Memphis community can support our region's tiniest patients with just the click of a mouse, by visiting The MED Foundation's "Amazon Wish List," which includes many of the essentials that families need for their new baby in the weeks and months after birth. New, unused items such as blankets, onesies, bottles and other supplies are all available on The MED Foundation's Amazon.com Baby Clothes Closet Wish List <http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/HZ9XPDQJQ8KP/ref=cm_wl_search_1>. With more than 100 items listed in the Amazon store, donors can give with ease, and the gifts will be delivered directly to The MED, keeping its closets stocked.
"New moms at the Korones Newborn Center experience tough pressures in caring for their premature babies, and we want to increase their confidence and help contribute to the long-term health of the newborns," says Tammie Ritchey, VP of Development/Foundation Executive Director, The MED. "In honor of Mother's Day, we are asking the community to join us in stocking up our Baby Clothes Closet. You can donate online at our Amazon store <http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/HZ9XPDQJQ8KP/ref=cm_wl_search_1>, or simply drop off new, unused baby items at The MED."
Since the Newborn Center's opening in 1968, more than 45,000 premature or critically ill babies have been treated, some weighing as little as 13 ounces. The MED's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is among the top 5% of the 1,500 NICUs worldwide in preventing lung disease in our premature babies.
Please visit The MED's Amazon Wish list today to purchase a gift for a family in need.