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20/20 Tonight Covering Infant Mortality in Memphis, TN

August 22, 2008

“Babyland,” on infant mortality in Shelby County (Memphis), TN, will air tonight on “20/20” on ABC. It looks like some video may also be available on the ABC website, along with a fair bit of text on the situation, including this startling item:

In Shelby County, Tenn., which encompasses Memphis, the state health department says a baby dies every 43 hours — a rate higher than that of any other major city. The babies most at risk come from impoverished parts of town with largely black populations.

Here is some additional coverage of infant mortality in Tennessee, as well as a disturbing 2005 piece from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

A review of the episode appears in the New York Times.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2008 10:11 pm

    This couldn’t come at a better time. Please support the Miami Dade College Midwives at We should be ashamed of our infant mortality stats.

  2. September 3, 2008 1:18 pm

    Every 43 hours. Wow. I wonder what the national average is. I that is high, but how high compared to other cities?

  3. December 6, 2008 7:04 pm

    Like Cinderella said: “A dream is a wish your heart makes – When you’re fast asleep.”.

  4. Connie Berman permalink
    July 8, 2009 7:47 pm

    What agency or what person is doing something about this? Where can one go to help get these babies into an orphanage and feed and care for them. Is there a Catholic organization?


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