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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The stories beneath the data: pregnancy spacing

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

A Cradle Cincinnati analysis of 2007-2012 data for Hamilton County shows that:

A pregnancy conceived less than 12 months after a previous […]