Several area agencies banded together this afternoon to get the word out to expectant mothers about the high infant mortality rate in Chattanooga.
The BLUES project hosted a community baby shower at the East Lake Community Center. It is a research and outreach program aimed at addressing the problem of infant mortality.
The rate in Chattanooga is three times above the national average.
The initiative provides education, counseling, and social support during pregnancy up to a baby's second birthday.
"We provide them with education, about healthy eating, about how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. We provide them it resources in the community. If they have problems with domestic violence or any type of psycho-social issues we provide resources for them," says Teresa Franklin with UT Health Science Center.
The BLUES project is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.