Alabama ranks top 3 in infant mortality

(IMG:WPMI) Alabama ranks top 3 in infant mortality.

Alabama has the 3rd highest infant mortality rate in the country.

Now, state health officials are trying to change that.

September is Infant Mortality Awareness month.

The State Department of Public Health and the Gift of Life are implementing programs to help mothers deliver healthy babies.

Health officials say more than 1,000 babies die before they're born or their first birthday.

Officials are working on a system to allow newborns to transfer to facility to get the appropriate care they need.