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Baby Shower takes aim at infant mortality

The Fourth Annual Community Baby Shower is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in Great Plains Technology Center, 4500 SW Lee, Building 300, inside the Worley Seminar Center. This activity is free and open to the public, sponsored and coordinated by the Comanche County Health Department.

The goal of the Community Baby Shower is to provide information and connect parents to the amazing resources available in Comanche County to keep babies safe and healthy, according to Marquise Bishop, public health educator for the health department.

"We want to be able to not only provide information and education to mothers but fathers, grandparents and caretakers, as well," Bishop said.

This event is part of "Preparing for a Lifetime, It's Everyone's Responsibility," a State of Oklahoma initiative to decrease infant mortality in Oklahoma.

Infant mortality continues to be an area of concern for Comanche County. Although the state of Oklahoma has made efforts to reduce infant mortality, Comanche County continues to experience a high infant mortality rate. Comanche County has an infant mortality rate of 8.9 per 1,000 live births. This is higher than the state rate of 7.4 per 1,000 live births. The infant mortality rate in Comanche County accounted for 6,450 years of potential life lost based on an average age of death in Oklahoma of 75 years.

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