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Dept. of Health: Sleep-related infant deaths decrease, infant mortality rates rise overall

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Experts say the biggest predictor to birth outcome is a mother's health prior to pregnancy. Experts say the biggest predictor to birth outcome is a mother's health prior to pregnancy.
The next two years, the Department of Health is launching new initiatives that they say are proven to reduce infant mortality. The next two years, the Department of Health is launching new initiatives that they say are proven to reduce infant mortality.

The number of infant deaths has risen despite the state's efforts to target sleep-related deaths. 

A new report released by the Ohio Department of Health says Ohio infant deaths 1 year old and under increased from 1,005 in 2015 to 1,024 by the end of 2016. 

Fortunately sleep-related deaths have decreased by 22%, but overall deaths per thousand births sits at 7.2 with a national objective of six. The rate for African-American baby deaths is three times higher compared to white American babies. But 2016 numbers show the rate has increased for all races.

Experts say the biggest predictor to birth outcome is a mother's health prior to pregnancy.

Indicators like smoking during pregnancy, small space between births and late identification of premature risk all contribute to the health of the child. Oxley says that the department spend a lot of time investing in local hospitals and maternal wards to combat the problem. 

The next two years, the Department of Health is launching new initiatives that they say are proven to reduce infant mortality. The state is dedicating $50 million to its current biennial budget. 

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