Conflict in the Crib is a multimedia project created to examine the Baltimore City government’s efforts to lower staggering rates of infant mortality and citizens’ reactions to those efforts.

Lauren Slavin, age one

Lauren Slavin, age one

Conflict in the Crib’s content is created and managed by Towson University junior Lauren Slavin. Slavin is studying mass communication with a concentration in journalism and new media and public relations. She is the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight, Towson University’s independent student news organization.

Lauren Slavin, age 20

Lauren Slavin, age 20


A child eats a free meal at Greenmount's Knox Presbyterian Church, who offers food to the community every Friday. Photo by Lauren Slavin.
In its first year, B’More for Healthy Babies focused on reducing unsafe sleep practices in Druid Heights. Difficulty getting information to those most affected, lack of funds for continuing programs to help end unhealthy practices before they begin, and the unwillingness of Baltimore citizens to address the issue of infant mortality have kept officials from fully determining if the initiative is making progress. >>Read More


Members of health agencies, such as the Family League of Baltimore, have been campaigning for safe sleep practices and visiting homes for almost a year as part of B’More for Healthy Babies. That’s not the culture of raising babies in Baltimore, one Druid Heights resident said. >>Read More


A mother serves her two small children comfort food offered for free at Greenmount's Knox Presbyterian Church. The church offers food to the community every Friday. Photo by Lauren Slavin.More than 40 percent of women in Baltimore are obese, Administrator for Maternal and Infant Care Program for the Baltimore City Health Department Stacey Tuck said. Obese women have more problems during pregnancy and delivery than those at healthy weights. In fall 2010, a pilot obesity reduction program was run in the Patterson Park North and East, Upton/Druid Heights, and Greenmount East communities. The B’More Fit for Healthy Babies program, an offshoot of the original initiative, created Weight Watchers support groups for women of child-bearing age to learn how to take care of themselves and their families in a way that fits into their lifestyle. >>Read More

B’More for Healthy Babies, the People’s Community Health Center, and Baltimore’s Healthy Start sponsored a town hall meeting to discuss the data accumulated by those focus groups
and how the community can access what they vocalized was needed to curb infant mortality rates. The meeting was cancelled after waiting an hour and a half with no one showing up to attend.
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 The Baltimore City government has been working for over a decade to lower rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, and sleep-related deaths.

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Communications Ryan O’Doherty and Press secretary for the Office of the Mayor Ian Brennan discuss the importance of the B’More For Healthy Babies campaign and the effectiveness of the initiative’s first phase.

Infant Mortality Statistics Infant mortality statistics for Baltimore City have remained stagnant for the past decade.
Maryland has 7.3 deaths per 1000 live births, ranking 19th worst in infant mortality rates in the United States.


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