Tennessee begins sending 'Welcome Baby' packets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials will begin sending "Welcome Baby" packets this month to families of newborns.

Officials say the packets will be sent within a few weeks of each birth reported to the state and contain information about child development, parenting and programs offered by the Tennessee Department of Health. The tall, white envelopes will also contain a letter of congratulations from first lady Crissy Haslam.

Loraine Lucinski, who is state administrator for early childhood initiatives, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/15Li6X8) that the initiative aims to help parents during the "critical" early months of a child's life.

It is the latest of many measures the state has taken to decrease the state's above-average infant mortality rate.

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