LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences is aiming to reduce the infant mortality rate in Arkansas.
According to the United Health Foundation, out of every 1000 live births, on average, 7 infants die in Arkansas before their first birthday.
UAMS is using a grant to develop a smartphone app to help reduce that rate.
According to KATV, the grant will assist women during and after their pregnancy.
Associate Professor Sarah Rhoads is a leading team member of the Enhancing the Arkansas Birthing Project through technology project.
"Some women don't have a support system or a way to get accurate good healthcare information," Dr. Rhoads told KATV.
Rhoads said the app will help connect women with trained, volunteer mentors.
According to KATV, UAMS hopes to launch the app next spring. The app will be free.
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