Infant Mortality

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State health officials are promoting visiting nurse programs as part of a statewide strategy to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate. It’s persistently higher than the national rate, despite recent progress in reducing the number of sleep-related infant deaths.

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Despite years of efforts to push down the infant mortality rate of black babies, the latest data shows Ohio has a worse rate than nearly every other state in the nation.

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In February 2009, Samantha Pierce became pregnant with twins. It was a time when things were going really well in her life.

She and her husband had recently gotten married. They had good jobs.

"I was a kick-ass community organizer," says Pierce, who is African-American and lives in Cleveland. She worked for a nonprofit that fought against predatory lending. The organization was growing, and Pierce had been promoted to management.

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In 2016, 1,024 Ohio children under the age of 1 died - more than the previous year, despite concerted efforts on the part of government officials and non-profits to curb infant deaths. One of those non-profits, the Columbus-based CelebrateOne, is pushing another effort to keep babies safe. 

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A new story reports a growing crisis among expectant African American women. Coming we hear from the author of a story that re-frames how we look at pregnancy and race. Also, can the cure to depression and anxiety be in your stomach? Join us for a look at how gut health affects brain health. 

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For years, efforts to fight Ohio’s infant mortality rate have focused on health care, both for babies and expecting mothers.

A new report says addressing economic issues might be just as effective.

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Nine pregnant women get together on Friday mornings on Summa Health Systems’ Akron campus, in a room that looks more like a living room than a medical office. It’s time for blood pressure, urine and belly checks, and time to compare swollen ankles, back pain and sales on diaper bags.

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The state is working with community leaders trying to find ways to curb the infant mortality crisis. A new report shows that 1,024 babies died before their first birthday last year. That’s a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Infant Mortality, Anti-Aging and Chronic Pain Relief

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For new parents it can be a tricky and tough decision figuring out which methods for sleep are the safest for their infants. Find out more about the dangers of sleeping for babies on today's show. Also can chronic pain be treated without opioids and pain clinics? Get information on drug free alternatives for pain treatment.

Could community be the answer to improving infant mortality rates? Atrium Medical Center says the answer is 'yes'.