September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month: A Column by Senator Shannon Jones

Each year in Ohio, we lose an unacceptably high number of babies who die before reaching their first birthday. Through my work as Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Co-Chair of the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality, I have become sobered by the many saddening statistics which further cement Ohio’s […]

Hilltop Stories: Connecting communities through film

During the summer of 2014, artists Ryan Mulligan and Sam Meador debuted the inaugural film festival for Hilltop Stories: A Neighborhood Film Project in Walnut Hills. This summer the project is back and coming to North and South Fairmount! Hilltop Stories, a community art project, celebrates the stories and people of vibrant neighborhoods throughout […]

Volunteer with Cradle Cincinnati

We’re excited for the upcoming Black Family Reunion Celebration. Here’s a brief description of their work, and you can learn more at their website:
“The Midwest Black Family Reunion Celebration is one of Cincinnati’s largest family-focused events. This 3-day fun-filled weekend event brings consumers, corporations, and communities together to focus on the historic strengths and […]

Hamilton County infant mortality rate continues to improve in 2016

Hamilton County has seen 41 fewer infant deaths in the past three years, a 13% decline compared to the three years prior. This success is not the result of any one organization; it is the result of increased levels of partnership throughout the community.

Source: Ohio Vital Records and Hamilton County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review; […]

A Queen’s Love is Stronger than Smoke

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be putting our “Forever a Queen, Always Smoke Free” campaign back on the market. Starting today, this important message will be on billboards and in grocery stores throughout Hamilton County for all of August.

Last year’s campaign was exciting with a threefold increase in calls from pregnant women in […]

Help Us Celebrate Those Caring for Our Moms and Babies

One thing is true of Cincinnati: we care about babies. Over the past year, we’ve seen champions throughout our city rally around our moms and babies in ways we could have only dreamed. Churches are hosting moms groups and sharing health messaging from the pulpit. Community groups are taking strides to improve the health of their neighbors and […]

Breastfeeding is Best Feeding: Getting to know BOOBS

Breastfeeding is the best feeding for infants early in life. I understood that to be true when I was pregnant with my first son over 10 years ago. Being pregnant with him, I could not be more excited about two things: having a healthy baby and breast-feeding him. Unfortunately my first pregnancy came with […]

Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Nearly Twice as High as Reported

More women in Hamilton County may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to this new study by researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in collaboration with Cradle Cincinnati

The study found a significant gap between the number of local, pregnant mothers who report smoking during pregnancy and the […]

Why we care about infant mortality (and why you should, too)

Infant mortality is an issue that impacts all of us. Here are five reasons why you should help in this fight:

The lives we lose are irreplaceable.

In Hamilton County 508 of our babies died before their first birthday from 2011-2015. That’s 508 kids who won’t ever see a birthday, won’t ever start school, won’t grow […]

Ohio Department of Medicaid Joins Forces with Cradle Cincinnati to Combat Infant Mortality

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has awarded Cradle Cincinnati $2.1 million in funding over the next two years to organize new efforts to combat infant mortality in Hamilton County. The funding will be used to serve 1,000 new pregnant women with proven support strategies through 5 experienced agencies: Health Care Access Now, Healthy Moms […]