September is Infant Mortality Month
Ohio is one of the worst states in terms of babies dying before their first birthday. Montgomery County’s infant mortality rate is worse than Ohio’s rate. This is especially true for black babies, who die at a rate over twice as high as white babies.
Our community is learning about some of the reasons why this situation exists, as well as what can be done do help improve it. Much of our infant mortality is due to babies being born prematurely.
Babies born before full term, 39 weeks, are more likely to die before their first birthday. The Montgomery County Infant Mortality Coalition, using knowledge of our community’s data, birth equity issues, and resources, is supporting infant mortality interventions known to reduce premature birth.
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