infant mortality en Cradle Cincinnati gets bigger budget & new partners <p>On its first birthday, Cradle Cincinnati is announcing a major increase to its budget. The group which aims to reduce infant mortality is seeing its budget go from $250,000 to almost $1.3 million.</p><p>Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune calls the change a good start.</p><p>"Now that's not where we need to be because this issue requires a broad, community-wide effort," says Portune. "It's going to take more from all of us and beyond the medical community but we will get there because success is the only word that we will accept."</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:48:51 +0000 Tana Weingartner 28201 at Zeroing in on the causes of premature birth <p>With the opening of <a href="" target="_blank">The NICU Family Support Program at UC Medical Center</a>, The March of Dimes, UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center<strong> have another element in their multi-pronged approach of studying and helping parents deal with preterm labor.</strong></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:38:17 +0000 Ann Thompson 26903 at Zeroing in on the causes of premature birth Childbirth Options <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While the vast majority of women in the United States give birth to their babies in a hospital, home births are becoming more popular. In 2012 an estimated 35,000 births occurred in the home, accounting for 0.7% of total U. S. births. We discuss different birthing options, and the role of<a href="" target="_blank"> midwives</a> during pregnancy and childbirth, with Certified Nurse Midwife Jackie Gruer, Dr. Tue, 06 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Maryanne Zeleznik 26301 at Childbirth Options Avondale targeted as first site to improve low birth rates <p class="p1">The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public. </span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Megan Thobe 24092 at Avondale targeted as first site to improve low birth rates 2013 infant mortality numbers down but still too high <p>Infant mortality rates for Hamilton County and Cincinnati decreased in 2013 but still remain higher than the national average.</p><p>Cradle Cincinnati released last year's numbers following a community summit Tuesday morning.</p><blockquote><p>Hamilton County saw 95 babies die before their first birthday, for a rate of 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.&nbsp; Of those deaths, 53 were City of Cincinnati residents, giving the City a rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Tana Weingartner 23133 at 2013 infant mortality numbers down but still too high