Spreading love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week – what better time to let moms know that they are loved, supported and appreciated? You can help us spread the love this holiday by writing a letter (or a few!) of encouragement to a new mom. These letters will be hand-delivered to women at their next prenatal appointment.

Your letters can be […]

Creating an environment of love: Northside Health Center’s transformation

Over the course of several months, Cradle Cincinnati partners came together to make Northside Health Center a sanctuary for families that need quality care. Northside Health Center, one of eight health centers run by the Cincinnati Health Department, provides health services to low-income families in Cincinnati. With this transformation, we wanted to create a more […]

How you can support families this September

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and we want to challenge you to make Cincy a better, healthier place for families. Below are some simple (and easy) ideas to show moms, dads and babies we care. You can see what we’re doing here.

Write a Letter of Love. Women in our most vulnerable neighborhoods tell us […]

2017 Champions for Change Nominations are Open

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 sharing health messaging from the pulpit. Community  groups are taking strides to improve the health of their neighbors and neighborhoods. Community health workers are […]

Happy Father’s Day from Cradle Cincinnati

To all the dad, uncles, grandfathers and father-figures in Hamilton County, Happy Father’s Day! Words cannot express the enormous impact you have on families and children in our community.

In celebration of Father’s Day, we created this coloring sheet for you to do with your family. You can download it here.

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 […]

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 […]

“Before” and “after”: A mother shares her story of stillbirth

“I’m sorry.  Her heart isn’t beating.”  

Those horrible, terrible words marked my “before” and “after.” My “before” was a time when I was blissfully unaware of the word “stillbirth” and that anything bad could happen to our baby.  I was 39 1/2 weeks pregnant and was cruising along through a healthy, normal pregnancy. We […]

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 […]

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 […]