By Brie Zeltner, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Infant mortality rates are measured by the number of babies who die before their first birthday, per thousand live births. Cleveland’s rate is about 13, one of the worst in the country. Ohio’s infant mortality rate is 7.4, ranking us 45th in the nation.
Why do pregnant women and new babies fare poorly in our region and state? Here, we’re looking into the complicated causes of infant deaths, and how we can do better. We’ll talk about what works, in Cleveland and in other cities that have already tackled the problem.
In the state, 1,024 babies died in 2013 before their first birthday, 133 of them in Cuyahoga County.
What’s killing these infants? Being born too early and too small. Birth defects, suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.