"Every baby should have the privilege of being born healthy and wanted"
- Founder Thomas A. Leonard, M.D.

Reducing infant mortality: What You Can Do

The loss of a baby is a sad reality for many families, bringing pain and suffering. We all have a part to play in reducing infant mortality, from individual strategies, such as placing an infant on his back for sleep, to corporate strategies, such as assuring that parents are informed about safe sleep conditions for their infants.

Prevention strategies, such as education and services to assure that women are in the best health possible before becoming pregnant, are effective in reducing infant mortality. Visit WAPC’s resources.


"Every mother has a right to a safe and enjoyable pregnancy"
Founder Thomas A. Leonard, M.D.


"Every family is entitled to develop to its fullest potential within our evolving society"
Founder Thomas A. Leonard, M.D.

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Did you know?

Folic acid consumption, before pregnancy and during the first few weeks of pregnancy, has been shown to reduce the incidence of children born with neural tube defects by 50-70%?  
The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume 400mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid per day for the purpose of reducing their risk of having a pregnancy affected with spina bifida or other neural tube defects (NTDs).  Women who have had a prior NTD-affected pregnancy are at high risk of having subsequent affected pregnancy.  When these women are planning to become pregnant, they should consult their health care providers for advice.