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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The number of infant deaths in the 76105 zip code in southeast Fort Worth is higher than any other area in the city. But, a program that targets African-American women is hoping to change that.

As a mother of two young boys – Lasylvia Moore has her hands full.

During both of her pregnancies she turned to the March of Dimes’ Honey Child Program. The faith-based outreach program operates in the Stop neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth.

“Honey Child is a prenatal education program,” explained one program worker.

The program not only helped Moore get a number of much needed baby items – but it also taught her how to care for her body and her babies throughout pregnancy.

“We would talk about eating healthy, even exercising, doing yoga for pregnant women,” she said.

Honey Child meets once a month at Greater Mount Tabor Church, which is located in the 76105 zip code.

The Honey Child worker explained, “The infant mortality rate for 76105 is one of the highest in Texas and it’s almost up there with what the national rate is.”

The area is predominately African American and organizers with the March of Dimes say premature birth is more common among black women. It is also the number one cause of infant death.

Both of Moore’s babies were born early, but thanks to the education and assistance she received through Honey Child – they’re both healthy.

“The program is really, really great. I could recommend it to anybody,” she said.

CBS 11 and TXA 21 are sponsors of the Cowtown Cradles Community Baby Shower. For more information on the event, check out the March of Dimes website.

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