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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stories beneath the data: postpartum depression

At Cradle Cincinnati, improving data around pregnancy is absolutely central to our work. This is the seventh in a series of posts about how data can help drive healthy change for Hamilton County.

THE DATA:
Between 2009-2011, 45.8% of new moms in Hamilton County reported experiencing at least some postpartum depression. [3]

THE STORY BENEATH THE DATA:
Many […]

Raising awareness on #WorldPrematurityDay

Did you know that November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th is World Prematurity Day? Until recently, premature birth, which affects 15 million babies worldwide, was not recognized as a significant public health priority by international health agencies, governments or donor organizations.  The March of Dimes and their global program partners have been […]

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 […]

Reducing sleep-related infant deaths by Senator Shannon Jones

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death among infants aged 1–12 months, and the third overall leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. The 2012 Ohio Child Fatality Review Report cites that there were 148 sleep-related deaths in 2010, […]

Ohio had 5th worst 2011 infant mortality rate, worst African American rate according to CDC report

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that, with 1,087 infant deaths (7.9 deaths for every 1,000 live births), Ohio’s overall 2011 infant mortality rate was the 5th worst in the country. Also in the report was the news that with 373 deaths (15.5 deaths for every 1,000 births), Ohio’s infant […]