Superior Babies Program

Emerging Practice

Superior Babies Program

State/JurisdictionSettingPopulationTopic AreaNPMs
MinnesotaUrbanWomen/Maternal HealthSubstance Use1, 4, 14.1, 14.2, 15

This practice is no longer being implemented. Unfortunately, there is no contact information available for this practice.

When the program began in 1998, Minnesota ranked 4th in the nation for frequent drinking in childbearing women (CDC, BRFSS, 1995). Chronic drinking among childbearing women: 18-24 years (42.4%), 25-34 yrs (25.6%). 35-44yrs (15.5%) (Block, Bridge to Health Survey 2000). Additionally, alcohol and alcohol related problems ranked as the #1 problem affecting residents of St. Louis County according to a 2003 county assessment. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) cases in the U.S. range from 0.5-1.5 per 1,000 births, but it is estimated that there are at least three times as many children with Fetal Alcohol Related Diagnoses (CDC 2008). Each year an estimated 400,000 to 440,000 infants (10-11%) are affected by prenatal alcohol or illicit drug exposure. (NCSACW, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare).

The Superior Babies Program is a collaboration between St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services and the Arrowhead Center LLC and was established to reduce the devastating effects of prenatal alcohol and substance use by promoting healthy prenatal and parenting behavior in the target population.

contact information

St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services
Evidence & Implementation Team