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New app rolling out to help pregnant mothers assess risk of infant mortality

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Posted at 6:42 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 18:42:04-04

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — For years, Birthing Beautiful Communities has been working to keep babies alive. Their focus is particularly on Black mothers and their children.

According to First Year Cleveland, Cuyahoga County has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, especially for Black babies. In 2017, for every white baby that died before their first birthday, seven Black babies died.

Now, BBC is working with CSU to create an app that will help pregnant women and new mothers assess their risks. It will ask a series of questions that will help determine the mother's depression symptoms and stress. Eventually, it will monitor sleep and baby movement among other things.

The women’s answers will help determine the amount of risk that their babies are facing. Then, BBC can help to connect the women with the help they need.

The app will roll out in the fall.