Mississippi has launched a pilot program that targets the state's high infant mortality rate.
Dr. Ed Thompson of the Mississippi Department of Health said half of the babies who died before their first birthday last year were born with low birth weights.
Thompson said the new pilot program will offer medical intervention for mothers of low birth-weight babies before they have another child will reduce complications and the likelihood of an infant death.
He said the program will focus on women in the Mississippi Delta, Hinds and Copiah counties. If it's successful, Thompson said he'll ask lawmakers for money to take the program statewide.