Despite aggressive efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate in Michigan, last year 800 babies did not survive to their first birthday and 500 were stillborn. This translates to about four deaths every day last year in Michigan. While Michigan is one of the most progressive, industrialized states in the union, its mortality rate is among the worst in the nation. In an effort to help reduce the number of deaths, Tomorrow’s Child of Michigan would like to educate citizens on ways to ensure the safety of their babies. September is “Safe Sleep Awareness Month.” Too many infants die before their first birthdays due to unsafe sleep practices, so Tomorrow’s Child of Michigan reminds parents and caregivers to always place infants on their backs, alone in a crib, without soft bedding, blankets, or toys. Tomorrow’s Child of Michigan has been working to preserve infant lives and support grieving families since 1994. For more information, visit www.tomorrowschildmi.org.