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Program fighting infant mortality reaches milestone

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - In a city where 19 out of every 1,000 babies never make it to their first birthday, a new program is helping turn those statics around.

At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Blues Project works with mothers to make sure their babies reach their first birthday.

Latrina Kaufman said she learned a lot through the project.

"I was a smoker," she said. "I no longer smoke."

Kaufman stopped smoking about a month before her sone Gionni was born.

"It makes you more aware of his health," she said.

The Blues Project is celebrating the fact that 800 babies made it to their first or second birthday.

"A lot of things we address through our curriculum are issues of violence, of low education, unemployment," said project coordinator Kimberly Lamar.

For Kaufman, the lessons were important.

"There are a lot of things I didn't know about kids and how they can get into stuff, and a lot of things that you do may not seem hazardous to your child but they actually are," she said.

While Kaufman still gets the urge to smoke every now and then, lessons learns throught the program give her the strength not to.

"He's perfectly healthy," she said of her baby.

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