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In February 2009, Samantha Pierce became pregnant with twins. It was a time when things were going really well in her life.

She and her husband had recently gotten married. They had good jobs.

"I was a kick-ass community organizer," says Pierce, who is African-American and lives in Cleveland. She worked for a nonprofit that fought against predatory lending. The organization was growing, and Pierce had been promoted to management.

Docs Call For More Oversight After Infant Deaths

Jul 7, 2015
St. Mary's Medical Center

 After the deaths of five infants, a team of doctors from across the state was asked in 2014 to review a Palm Beach County hospital's highly specialized program for doing heart surgeries on children.

The team's recommendation: St. Mary's Medical Center should not perform heart surgeries on babies under 6 months old because the program did not handle enough cases to maintain the expertise needed for quality care.

Sleep Dangers Target of DCF Campaign

Dec 9, 2014
Department of Children and Families

More than 100 babies died in Florida last year as a result of unsafe sleep practices. It was the leading cause of preventable infant death in the state.

This holiday season, Florida’s Department of Children and Families is teaming with Healthy Families Florida, asking residents to consider donating a “SleepSack” to families in need. Sleep sacks are designed to never cover a baby’s face while it rests.