We aim to help fulfill the mission of Spectrum Health Lakeland “To improve health, instill humanity and inspire hope” by eliminating and bringing awareness to racial disparities in birth outcomes. Maternal infant health needs to be addressed community-wide to improve maternal and infant health in Benton Harbor and surrounding areas. In partnership with community organizations and maternal health professionals, we are dedicated and focused on an ongoing effort to improve maternal and infant health among those most at risk for poor health outcomes.
In addition to closing the door on racial disparities, we hope to bring awareness to the health disparities across Berrien County and help educate youth on the inequities that are unfair, unjust, and avoidable. Maternal infant health and infant mortality resources and support will be made available to the public through the Spectrum Health Lakeland website, social media channels, and community partnerships.
Our commitment to moms and babies
We strive to continuously provide our moms, babies, and families a safe, nationally-recognized, and high-quality experience. Our goals are to decrease infant mortality rates and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents.
Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM): Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital proudly earned a platinum designation for maternal care from MI AIM. Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph also earned gold level designation, the second highest ranking. MI AIM works with birthing hospitals to reduce and eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity. Hospitals implement structured “safety bundle” plans to improve health outcomes for mothers to combat the leading causes of maternal mortality such as obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension. Safety bundle plans help hospitals by defining actionable protocols, education, equipment, and drills to prevent and treat serious maternal events.
The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM): Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital was awarded Excellence in Maternity Care in 2021 for the second year in a row. The EAM, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, has awarded Lakeland Hospital Niles with the 2021 Maternity Care Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence in maternity care and delivery outcome. The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project. Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.
Infant mortality awareness
In recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, we are bringing a heightened awareness to the public and community about health disparities and the impact they have on communities of color. Our goal is to provide affordable and healthy birthing experiences for all people.
Learn more about local statistics around infant mortality rates by visiting the links below.