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Infant Mortality

Each year, more than 2,000 babies are born too early in Franklin County.  Nearly three babies every week die before their first birthday. Ohio is ranked 34th among the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in its efforts to reduce preterm births, and its infant mortality rate is ranked 47th out of 50 states.

Through Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, Franklin County hospitals are partnering with a number of local health organizations to implement clinical and quality-based prevention programs designed to reduce preterm birth and infant death. Click on the buttons below to learn more about central Ohio hospitals' work with the Progesterone Promotion Project, Breastfeeding promotion and the Safe Sleep Initiative.



Progesterone Project Breastfeeding Promotion Safe Sleep Initiative
Franklin County’s health care providers are working together to help reduce preterm birth. The  community-wide goal is to provide pregnant women who have had a previous preterm birth with progesterone therapy. Progesterone has been shown to reduce the risk of another preterm baby by 35%. Learn more about the project.
Breast milk is like medicine for an infant. Studies show that babies who are breastfed are much less likely to develop infections or health problems later in life. The central Ohio hospitals have established Community Standards for Breastfeeding Promotion and created an Employer Pledge for Breastfeeding Mothers to encourage and ease the act of breastfeeding for new mothers. Learn more about this initiative.
Between 80-90% of infant sleep related deaths occur in preventable, unsafe sleep environments. Franklin County hospitals have implemented Community Standards for Safe Sleep Environments, designed to ensure consistent clinical practices within central Ohio hospitals and adequate education of parents on safe sleep environments in the home setting. Read the standards here.  



A Community Focus:

The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force was formed in November 2013 with an objective to  develop a community plan by mid-2014 to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Columbus/Franklin County by nearly 40 percent, and cut the racial disparity gap between white and black infants in half.The Task Force includes the CEOs from the four major health systems in central Ohio;  Dr. Steve Allen, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Dave Blom, OhioHealth; Dr. Steven Gabbe, OSU Wexner Medical Center; and Claus von Zychlin, Mount Carmel Health System, as well as representatives from the business community, parents, education and human service organizations.



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