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 […]

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 […]

Making health care centers beautiful for moms

On September 29, Cradle Cincinnati and our partners came together to re-dedicate the Winton Hills Health Center. More than 100 volunteers and 15 local businesses contributed to a months-long transformation designed to encourage moms to get more prenatal care.

A partnership between Cradle Cincinnati and ArtWorks, this transformation is the second of its kind in […]

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 […]

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; […]