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 […]

Cincinnati must promote infant safe sleep to every family by Dr. Sam Hanke

For years, Hamilton County has lost more babies before their first birthday than it should. Preterm birth, birth defects and unsafe sleep continue to be the three leading causes of infant death each year. Of these, sleep-related deaths are the most preventable and can be avoided by making simple changes in how your baby […]

Celebrating moms in Cincinnati with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

All moms deserve to be celebrated; however, many of our most vulnerable moms have never had a baby shower. Once we learned this, we knew we had to do something. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Cradle Cincinnati held a community baby shower in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan for the mothers of Crossroad […]

New survey: 1 in 4 Hamilton County residents don’t know that babies sleep safest on their backs

In the 1990’s, the federal government formally changed the recommendation for infant sleep from stomach sleeping to back sleeping with a national  “Back to Sleep” campaign. With that change, sleep-related infant deaths quickly fell by more than half in the US. But, a recent survey conducted by Cradle Cincinnati and the UC Institute for […]

Commission on Infant Morality Releases Its Report

It’s shocking that nearly 1,000 Ohio babies die each year before their first birthday – a rate higher than many developing countries. That’s why the Ohio General Assembly created the Commission on Infant Mortality, whose report, recommendations, and data inventory were released last week following a six month public inquiry into this epidemic. I was […]

Hamilton County Infant Mortality Rate Stubbornly High, But Slowly Improving

Our county lost 99 babies before their first birthday in 2015. This means that our provisional 2015 infant mortality rate continues a multi-year trend of slowly improving, but stubbornly high rates. Since 2011, 9.3 Hamilton County babies have died for every 1,000 born. These recent years represent historic lows for Hamilton County with more than […]

When health and art collide: Price Hill Health Center’s makeover

We’re excited to unveil the newly transformed and re-dedicated Price Hill Health Center, which provides prenatal care and WIC services to moms in Price Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. More than 100 volunteers and 16 local businesses all contributed to this six month long makeover designed to encourage moms to get more prenatal care. Projects included 7 […]

2015 Champions for Change Awards

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 […]

Cincy moms are ‘Happy to Wait’

Anyone and everyone can play a part in reducing our county’s infant mortality rate. A handful of dedicated students from the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program, led by professor Ryan Mulligan, are getting to use their knowledge and skills to do just that.  In collaboration with Cradle Cincinnati’s newest […]

May is Preeclampsia Month

Pregnancy is among the most important times to make smart choices to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. That starts by making regular visits to your doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

It is critical that expectant moms be seen by their health practitioners on a regular basis.  […]