Updates and noteworthy reads all pertaining to the important world of Maternal and Child health
Indiana Infant & Maternal Mortality
Why Doulas Matter:
- o Four times less likely to have babies with low birth weights
- o Two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving the mother or baby
- o Significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding.
Infant Mortality Rates
Defined as death before a child’s first birthday, infant mortality is one of the biggest indicators of a state’s overall health. The infant mortality rate (IMR) describes the total number of deaths per 1,000 live infant births.In 2020 Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that Indiana’s infant mortality rate fell to 6.5 in 2019 however it increased slightly to 6.6 in 2020. The state’s black infant mortality rate fell from 13.0 to 11.0 in the same time frame, highlighting an ongoing disparity of black babies dying at twice the rate of white babies.
Between 2013 and 2017 the state IMR averaged around 7.3.
For more information on Indiana’s IMR visit the Indiana State Department of Health
Maternal Mortality Rates
Maternal mortality is another significant indicator of a state’s overall health. In 2019 Indiana was third in the country with a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 41.4 for every 100,000 live births for white women and 53.4 for every 100,000 live births for black women.
[If there is a source for more information about infant mortality, I’d suggest the same for maternal (link included):]
For more information on Indiana’s IMR, visit the Indiana State Department of Health.