Hamilton County Infant Mortality Improving Faster than State, Nation; Still Very High

Over the past five years, far fewer babies died in Hamilton County than ever before. From 2012-2016 Hamilton County saw a historically low infant mortality rate with 8.96 deaths for every 1,000 births. That means that 123 fewer babies died during the past 5 years compared to the previous 5. This 20% drop was […]

Our view on baby boxes

There is little evidence to support the very likeable idea of Finnish Baby Boxes.

For generations, every baby born in Finland has gone home with a box full of gifts that includes diapers, bath products and onesies. And, as a bonus, the box itself has been promoted as a safe sleep environment for baby. In […]

Celebrating Cincinnati’s fiercest warriors: Moms

If you look at the dictionary, two words are synonymous with warrior: bravery and courage. We believe these perfectly describe the modern day mom. Nicole Lee, founder of Warrior Moms®, shared with us the qualities she sees in single moms today and how she is recognizing the hardest working moms in Cincinnati. 

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Rallying around a family – Cradle Cincinnati Connections

Last week, Cradle Cincinnati Connections community health worker Deborah received a call from a grandmother in need of help. Grandma Peake had recently become the primary caregiver for her grandson, Jamauri; her son – Jamauri’s father – is deceased. Without custody rights to her grandson, she was ineligible for local services that assist families […]

Tips to help you quit smoking from a local smoking cessation expert

Welcome 2017! At this time of year, people are making a New Year’s resolution, and one of the most popular ones is to Quit Smoking.  If you are one of the 20% of Americans out there still smoking, then we are going to outline some ideas to help you beat the habit.

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Cincinnati Should Be Proud of the Role it Played in New Infant Mortality Law

For the first time in my life, I recently had the chance to closely watch as a law was made. When Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 332, it was the culmination of years of hard work to bring comprehensive infant mortality reduction legislation to the state of Ohio. That work began with the leadership […]

Mom to be quits smoking: Her story

Sarah Hollis is a 35 year old art teacher at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and currently 28 weeks pregnant. Since starting smoking at the age of 12, she’s had a long history with trying to quit.
“It was the 90’s, and everyone around you smoked. You could even smoke in the mall.”
Her mother never […]

A letter to parents with a child in the NICU

Dear mom or dad,

On one of my first trips to a NICU, there was a new preemie on the unit, with his parents watching over him. I watched them struggle over the next months with ups and downs. One day, I went up and he was gone. I asked what happened. The nurse smiled […]

Why you should care about World Prematurity Day

In 2015, for the first time, complications to preterm birth became the number one global killer of young children under the age of 5. Here in Hamilton County, more than half of the babies who died in our community in the past year died because they were born before the end of their mother’s […]

Ohio Department of Health Releases Latest Statewide Infant Mortality Data

Today, the Ohio Department of Health released their latest report on infant mortality, sharing 2015 statewide data for the first time. The state saw an increase in its infant mortality rate from 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 7.2 in 2015, a rise representing about 45 more deaths. Hamilton County 2015 […]