In 2011 Hamilton County’s infant mortality rate was the second worst among all US cities. This unacceptable fact inspired the committed effort of community organizations and individuals working to help all babies live to celebrate their first birthday.
Infant Mortality is a complex issue. However, we can point to the threes most common causes of babies dying in Cincinnati.
Extreme Preterm Birth is the leading cause of infant death in Cincinnati, and for decades it was the leading cause of infant death in Avondale. Then, local moms, in partnership with bi3, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, TriHealth and Every Child Succeeds, set out to change this. After 3 years without a single preterm birth in Avondale, this work is now expanding to 12 new neighborhoods.
Babies sleep safest alone, on their back and in a crib. Anything else puts them at risk for sleep related death. Babies sharing a bed with an adult is the number one cause of local sleep-related deaths. The average age of a baby who dies of sleep-related causes in our county is just 77 days. Thanks to parents and caretakers taking action, we've seen a 25% decrease in this kind of death in recent years.
In 2015 the Cradle Cincinnati Learning Collaborative launched to transform prenatal care across the county. Participants range from providers, medical assistants, nurse case managers and more. These medical professionals share best practices to improve patient outcomes. In 2017 we saw a 21% improvement in woman receiving timely prenatal care.**
In 2018, fewer babies died than ever before in Hamilton County history.
*Source: Hamiton County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review
**Received care in either the 1st or 2nd trimester.