A new CDC report shows Wisconsin's infant mortality rate is slightly higher than the national average. In the Dairy State, the infant mortality rate is 5.29 infant deaths per 1,000 births.
The infant mortality rate for children of black women is more than 14 deaths per 1,000 births which is the highest in the nation according to CDC statistics.
A worldwide-known program launched in Wisconsin on Tuesday, with high hopes to combat the infant mortality number in Wisconsin. The state is the eighth state in the country to allow parents access to an online safe-sleep course for their babies and a quiz they can take to receive a free safe sleep space for their child through The Baby Box University, a program through The Baby Box Company.
The Baby Box Company hopes this program will lower infant mortality rate statistics by educating parents on safe sleep habits for children, and by giving them boxes that are completely safe for a baby to sleep in.
"It's a cardboard box. The really great use of it is, it's portable, lightweight and compact. So, it's easy to move between grandparents and parent's houses, it's easy to move around the house and what it really does is help healthy sleep practices from birth," Public Health Nurse for Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Hannah Harter said.
Harter said sleeping boxes, cribs, bassinets or playpens are all great sleeping options for babies and parents should always practice the ABC's of sleeping habits for an infant:
A-Babies should always sleep alone.
B- Babies should sleep on their backs.
C- Babies should sleep in a crib.