An average of 6,500 babies are born each year in the South Central 8 county region and Mothers & Babies is concerned about the outcome of each and every birth. The region’s infant mortality rate, a key health indicator, is just above both the state and national rates with four of our counties having rates of infant death higher than the NYS rate of 5.1/1,000.
Economically, the region lags behind the state. While there are certainly pockets of wealth, the percentage of children less than 18 years of age living in poverty is higher than the state average in four of the eight counties for served by Mothers & Babies. We’re here to help families who have a need, no matter what it might be.