Infant Mortality

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Will Florida Moms adopt the “Baby Box?” The committee that reviews child abuse death cases is hoping that could be a successful effort to help Florida in the future, and got an update on that Wednesday.

Local agencies say pregnancy health is vital to reducing infant mortality
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The Florida Department of Health released data Wednesday on infant mortality rates in Leon County.  A sharp decline in deaths among black children is the highlight, but officials say it’s difficult to draw conclusions from a single year. 

After jumping to a rate of 9.3 per thousand in 2012, this new information shows infant deaths dropped all way to 5.3 per thousand in 2013.  Sandy Glazer with the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition says this shows their efforts are succeeding.

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Georgia’s infant mortality rate is the seventh highest in the nation and the in the state’s southern region, health care outcomes are particularly troublesome. But, one women’s clinic in Thomasville is hoping to help change that with the help of a midwife.

Perspectives: Health and Wellness

Sep 19, 2013

Leon County ranks as one of the healthiest in Florida--but there are still problems where the county fares among the worst. STD's, Infant Mortality, Poverty, and sexual violence are all issues that Leon County struggles with the most.

Guests:
Holly Kirsch: acting administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. 
Kristy Goldwire: Executive Director for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition.

Leon and its surrounding counties tend to have a higher infant mortality rate than the state as a whole, particularly in the African-American community.  Research shows that breastfeeding is a powerful weapon in the battle against infant mortality, while it also provides many other benefits to children and their families.  To discuss the issue at the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Month:  Tallahassee Memorial OBGYN Dr.