In Detroit, Baby Steps to Better Births

1. Artavia Knight passes her newborn baby, Raymond Ellis III, to the baby's father, Raymond Ellis Jr., at their Detroit home. Knight used services from Make Your Date Detroit, a local nonprofit focused on helping women have healthy pregnancies and births.

2. Michelle Hudson, left, and Jaime Robb, both of Make Your Date Detroit, talk with expecting mother Toresa Mason, of Detroit, during a preterm birth prevention education session at the Detroit Medical Center.

Make Your Date Detroit is one of several local initiatives that aim to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in a city where the infant mortality rate rivals that of some developing nations. See more here, from U.S. News & World Report.