Infant Morality Alarmingly High Compared to Nation
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Dec 5 2013 10:27AM
The infant mortality rate in Indiana is alarmingly high compared to the nation. The latest report from the Indiana Youth Institute’s Kids Count Data Book shows the state’s infant mortality rate is 25-percent higher than the national average. State Department of Health records show Grant County ranks highest in the area, followed by Delaware, Madison and Howard Counties.
IYI President Bill Stanczykiewicz says 17 percent of women admit to having smoked while expecting. He says that’s one major contributor of infant deaths, but mothers should know better.
Stanczykiewicz says other leading causes of infant mortality in Indiana are mothers sleeping with their babies leading to suffocation, having little to no access to prenatal care, and not breast-feeding.