Tomorrow’s Child is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to prevent infant loss and support those families who have been impacted by it. Our prevention work primarily relates to safe sleep education for parents and professionals, while our bereavement services target families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
For the past 20 years we have held charity walks where families, friends and supporters form teams to celebrate the lives of those babies we have lost, help raise awareness of the issue and raise funds for our programs. This year we have reenergized the walks into the Jungle Jubilee which includes a family fun day at the zoo, along with the traditional walk. The Jungle Jubilee will be held at two different locations – the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on August 11 and the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing on September 8.
Tomorrow’s Child originally began as a grassroots effort by families coming together with one unfortunate common interest, the death of an infant. Almost 20 years later, Tomorrow’s Child continues to provide services and programs throughout the state to save babies lives and support families who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant death. Through community partnerships and personal outreach, Tomorrow’s Child touches the life of every newborn in Michigan. We engage families, health professionals and caregivers to keep babies healthy and safe. We also provide grief support to anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
Despite aggressive efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate in Michigan, last year over 800 babies did not survive to their first birthday and 500 were stillborn. This translates to more than four deaths every day this year in Michigan. While Michigan is one of the most progressive, industrialized states in the union, our infant mortality rate ranks among the worst in the nation.
Your participation in this event will allow Tomorrow’s Child to continue to advance its efforts in outreach. Last year alone, we distributed over 240,000 safe sleep materials and provided grief support for 400 families.
Register online now at www.tomorrowschildmi.org. You tax deductible donation of $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12 gets you free admission and parking to the Detroit Zoo for the day and the many other activities being offered by Tomorrow’s Child until 12 noon. Check in for the event will start at 7:15 am on Sunday, August 11 with opening ceremonies and the walk commencing at 8:30 am. Please feel free to contact us at 800-331-7437 with any questions.
Facts about Babies/Tomorrow’s Child
1. Babies will NOT choke when sleeping on their backs.
2. Babies should sleep in the same room as parents, but not in the parents’ bed.
3. Remove all soft bedding from baby’s sleeping environment.
4. Do not use crib bumper pads.
5. Tomorrow’s Child provides an annual Memorial Service for families.
6. For the information about the safest way for babies to sleep, contact Tomorrow’s Child.
7. Tomorrow’s Child offers grief support to all families in Michigan after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
8. Babies need tummy time when they’re awake and supervised.
9. Babies can suffocate when sleeping on pillows, couches or in adult beds.
10. Show support to grieving families by offering to listen to their story.
11. Babies should always be placed their backs for sleep.
12. Tomorrow’s Child helps hospitals teach parents about infant safe sleep.
13. For more information, visit www.tomorrowschild.org