A Queen’s Love is Stronger than Smoke

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be putting our “Forever a Queen, Always Smoke Free” campaign back on the market. Starting today, this important message will be on billboards and in grocery stores throughout Hamilton County for all of August.

Last year’s campaign was exciting with a threefold increase in calls from pregnant women in […]

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 […]

Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Nearly Twice as High as Reported

More women in Hamilton County may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to this new study by researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in collaboration with Cradle Cincinnati

The study found a significant gap between the number of local, pregnant mothers who report smoking during pregnancy and the […]

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 […]

What do Cincinnatians know about infant mortality?

At the end of 2015, Cradle Cincinnati partnered with the University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research to conduct a random digital dial phone survey of Hamilton County. Our goal was to assess Hamilton County’s knowledge of infant mortality with a specific focus on our three concentration areas: infant safe sleep, maternal smoking cessation, […]

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 […]

Breastfeeding and the 3 S’s

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week!  This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make it Work!”

What does supporting breastfeeding have to do with Cradle Cincinnati and infant mortality reduction?  Quite a lot, since babies who breastfeed have a 2-4 fold reduction in risk of developing many […]

Brittany’s Quitting Story – For Her Baby and Herself

What does Skyline Chili have to do with quitting smoking? Read on to learn about Brittany, a soon-to-be first-time mom from Bethesda North OB/GYN Center who recently quit.

Brittany decided to quit at 10 weeks of pregnancy during her first prenatal appointment. “I started gagging after that and smoking tasted terrible,” she recounted. She tried quitting […]

Lillian’s Journey to Quit Smoking

As we launch our smoking cessation campaign, we want to highlight the committed moms and staff at one of our partner prenatal health centers – Bethesda North OB/GYN Center. Here we have found some amazing folks who are a making a difference in the lives of babies born in Hamilton County.We hope this interview […]

Addressing the embarrassingly high US infant mortality rate by Dr. Elaine Fitzgerald

The United States has an embarrassing problem. It has one of the worst infant mortality rates among industrialized countries. Nearly six out of every 1,000 babies born in the US in 2013 died before their first birthday. And, it gets worse. Babies born to black mothers in the US die at more than twice […]