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 […]

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 […]

A letter to parents with a child in the NICU

Dear mom or dad,

On one of my first trips to a NICU, there was a new preemie on the unit, with his parents watching over him. I watched them struggle over the next months with ups and downs. One day, I went up and he was gone. I asked what happened. The nurse smiled […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]