Traditionally, Junior League of St. Louis has focused its annual volunteer efforts on a project or event intended to help the lives of women and children in the greater St. Louis area. In 2016, we voted to adopt an issue area of infant mortality, and concentrate our time and energy on reducing the infant mortality rate in the greater St. Louis metro area through our Day 366 initiative.
Infant mortality is an issue we believe needs to be higher in our nation’s consciousness; most Americans are unaware that more babies die in the U.S. prior to their first birthdays than in any of the other 27 most wealthy nations in the world. Further, our infant mortality rate in Missouri is the 19th-worst in the U.S., with 6.6 babies dying in their first year of life per 1,000 babies born. In St. Louis metro, there are neighborhoods that more than double that state average, and have infant mortality rates comparable to countries like Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Each day in the St. Louis metro area, five babies die before their first birthdays, 32 babies are born too small, and 46 babies are born too early. The greatest predictor of a baby dying before their first birthday is a pre-term birth; getting women access to quality pre-natal care is vital to improving our area’s infant mortality rate.
Save the Date for our Day 366 "Collect for Babies!"
Saturday April 29, 2017
Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park
This event is a part of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies.
Junior League of St. Louis has partnered with March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies on Saturday, April 29 to collect necessities to help St. Louis’ smallest thrive in their first year and beyond.
We know infant mortality rates disproportionally affect those babies born to mothers under the age of 25 who have fewer financial resources. As a result, JLSL has centered the initial efforts of our Day 366 infant mortality initiative on the collection of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and bottles to share with moms who may need a little extra help to keep their babies happy, healthy, and in clean diapers.
Those interested in donating diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and bottles can drop off their donations at the JLSL tent near the registration and starting line of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies on April 29 at the Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park or from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at JLSL Headquarters at 106 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Items for donation:
- Diapers (sizes N, 1, 2, 3)
- Diaper rash cream
- Baby wipes
- Bottles (new or gently used)
We are also accepting:
- Baby powder
- Baby shampoo
- Baby bath products
- Newborn/infant/toddler clothing (new or gently used)
Did you know?
- Diaper rash cream protects a baby’s skin to prevent skin irritation.
- An average newborn goes through at least 10 diapers a day – and by the time she has her first birthday, will have used up to 3,000!
- Most diaper changes require at least two wipes, so many babies use up to 20 wipes each day (and the average size package includes approximately 80 wipes – just a four day supply).
- During the course of a 24-hour period, newborns cycle through as many as six wake-feed-sleep cycles. This constant around-the-clock schedule is very demanding, especially for families who can’t afford to take time off work. Our goal is to eliminate the financial stress for families with newborns to help them thrive past their first year, reducing the infant mortality rate in St. Louis.