Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced on Monday a Strong Baby Sanctuary Initiative during his State of the City address at Alverno College.
The program will address the complex problem of infant mortality through a communitywide, long-term effort, Barrett said.
The initiative will help churches and faith communities develop programming to provide safe places for pregnant women, new mothers, fathers and families. The programs will offer health support and information, including stress reduction, wellness support, and education about reducing infant deaths from premature births and unsafe sleeping environments.
It is being offered through a partnership among Columbia St. Mary’s Urban Church Wellness Program, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
An introductory breakfast meeting will be held for potential church partners on Saturday, March 28 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee.