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We Can Save Lives: Infant Mortality and Maternal Suicide Awareness

September is Infant Mortality Awareness month. It is also Suicide Awareness Month. Earlier this month, I shared a post on Infant Loss and Preterm Births. Preterm birth is one of the leading causes of infant mortality (Infant death before the first birthday). Sadly, infanticide or homicide is another leading cause of infant deaths.

Homicide is the 13th leading cause of death among infants (i.e., children aged <1 year) in the United States. Infant homicides occurring within the first 24 hours of life (i.e., neonaticide) are primarily perpetrated by the mother, who might be of young age, unmarried, have lower educational attainment, and is most likely associated with concealment of an unintended pregnancy and nonhospital birthing. After the first day of life, infant homicides might be associated with other factors (e.g., child abuse and neglect or caregiver frustration). Source: cdc.gov

Mothers do not only murder their babies, they are committing suicide at an increasingly alarming rate as well.

Key statistics and studies on maternal suicide:

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among women 25-34 years of age and has steadily increased in prevalence since 2001Mostafavi, 2020

Source: Maternal Mental Health Alliance

As Christians, what can we do to prevent and reduce maternal and infant mortality?

Together, we can prevent maternal and infant mortality caused by the absence of spiritual, social, and emotional support.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (KJV)

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Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen

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Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.

As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.

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