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 […]

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 […]

New safe sleep guidelines for caregivers

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released their latest safe sleep recommendations. Expanding upon their 2011 recommendations, the AAP delves into those gray area topics – where to safely breastfeed at night, in-bed sleepers and more – to provide caregivers clear guidelines around the safest sleep for their baby.

As always, the American […]

October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Following these recommendations can significantly reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. While these rules are not always easy to follow, your baby’s safety is worth it.

In October, Cradle Cincinnati and our partners are highlighting safe sleep through a number of initiatives:

Through a new […]

Announcing our 2016 “Champions for Change” winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 2016 Champions for Change awards. Champions for Change honors local leaders who are making a difference for moms and babies in our community.

Our 2016 winners are:

Social Support Champion: Jackie Rivers Ms. Rivers, a community health worker at the Cincinnati Health Department, has spent years working to […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]