| by Celeste Murtha '17

Celeste Murtha ’17 cowrote an op-ed, “Here’s a way Maine can keep more babies alive,” about Maine’s high infant mortality rate. Murtha, a biology major from Natick, Mass., has been an intern at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center studying sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUIDS). She advocates offering a baby box to new parents and expanding “Cribs for Kids,” a program that makes cribs available at a low cost. “The Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is ready to collaborate with … philanthropic stakeholders to offer a baby box or crib to the family of each newborn to promote healthy and safe sleep habits and reduce the rate of SUID in Maine,” she writes in the Sept. 30 Bangor Daily News.