• Did you know:
    Infant death rates in parts of St. Louis City and County are worse than some developing countries.

  • Did you know:
    The number of babies we lose each year could have made up 15 kindergarten classrooms.

  • Did you know:
    Several areas in St. Louis City and County have the same rate of infant deaths that the U.S. had 50 years ago.

It's time to come together to improve the health of babies and families.

Let's FLOURISH, St. Louis!

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Too many babies in St. Louis are dying, born too soon or born too small.

St. Louis is home to some of the best medical care in the country. Yet, infant death rates in parts of our city and county are worse than some developing countries. FLOURISH St. Louis believes that our region’s babies deserve better. Join us to make St. Louis a place where babies thrive and families flourish.

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Learn about the impact infant death has on our community and the role of FLOURISH St. Louis from our Leadership Council.

What our partners are saying

  • Hattie Jackson

    Too many babies in our region are not making it to their first birthday. Engaging the broader St. Louis community in FLOURISH St. Louis will bring great power to addressing this tragic and complex issue.

    Hattie Jackson
    Generate Health Board of Directors Member

  • In the NICU, I saw moms staring off into space or just crying and didn’t know
    what to say to them and they didn’t know what to say to me.

    Community Listening Session Participant

  • Dr. Alex Garza

    By involving a wide variety of voices, including clinical and community views, FLOURISH St. Louis will create strong solutions to significantly reduce infant deaths and the impact this loss has on our region.

    Dr. Alex Garza
    Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Saint Louis University

  • My son was born at 27 weeks. The doctors gave me everything to try to stop
    it. I still remember my doctor’s heels running to the room to deliver my child.
    She was wearing a white cashmere sweater because she didn’t even have time
    to change.

    Community Listening Session Participant

  • Dr. Will Ross

    No mother wants to lose a child; the emotional, psychological and even physical consequences of an infant death can be devastating and long-lasting. We need to stop blaming mothers and instead look at how we can support families and develop region-wide policies that help reduce infant deaths.

    Dr. Will Ross
    Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine

  • Darcy Scharff, PhD

    Babies born in underserved areas of our community are up to three times more likely to die in their first year. We should all be concerned by this because the health of our babies impacts the health of our entire community. It’s important to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of moms and babies in order to see a substantial and sustainable improvement in the our community's health and well-being.

    Darcy Scharff, PhD
    Associate Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Saint Louis University, College for Public Health and Social Justice

  • Laura Vricella, MD

    The unacceptably high infant mortality rate in St. Louis is more than just a medical issue. Reducing infant mortality in our city will require a coordinated effort from groups throughout St. Louis. The FLOURISH St. Louis Cabinet is working to bring these groups together to help St Louis infants and their families have a strong and healthy first year of life.

    Laura Vricella, MD
    Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, St. Louis University American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Dayna Stock, Ph.D.

    The fact that infant death rates in parts of our community are worse than some developing countries should enrage and embarrass us. It will take the commitment of stakeholders from all sectors of the community to address the conditions that impact infant mortality, which is why FLOURISH St. Louis exists. FLOURISH St. Louis is our way of saying: We can do better for our moms and babies. We must.

    Dayna Stock, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Regions and Special Initiatives, United Way of Greater St. Louis

  • Donna R Halloran, MD, MSPH , PhD

    As a pediatrician, I don't want to see a single baby die. Our community needs solutions to this crisis now, and FLOURISH St Louis is going to get us there!

    Donna R Halloran, MD, MSPH , PhD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics Saint Louis University

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