Newborns Get New Lease on Life

Jaywhun Presberry is only a few days old and already home health nurse Evita Ayers is stopping by to see his mother Kissy Drake. "Each time they come you learn more about your baby, different things how to treat them how to feed them there's a lot to learn," says Kissy.

Now every newborn that's born at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital will be checked out by a home health nurse and each parent can expect a visit, not usually in the hospital, rather in the home. "We go out and we measure, weigh, make sure there are no problems, evaluate the home situation and make sure there are no home safety issues. We feel there's a tremendous need for this, " says Evita.

A need indeed. In fact, Pemiscot county has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the state of Missouri. And so far with this new grant funded program they've already started to see the problem improving. " We don't hear of as many deaths, especially SIDS ," says Evita.

All sorts of information from common baby conditions, to poison control, and safety issues are given to new mothers. Kissy says there sure are a lot of new parents like herself who need it, "they're a lot of parents who don't know anything about kids and they need to know how to deal with it.

Because around here, when parents don't know it's the little one's who suffer.