Infant Mortality Alarmingly High Compared to Nation
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Dec 5 2013 10:26AM
The latest report from the Indiana Youth Institute shows the infant mortality rate in Indiana is 25-percent higher than the national average. Indiana 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 one leading factor is mothers having little to no access to prenatal care.
Stanczykiewicz says another leading cause of infant mortality is sleeping with babies. He says parents should never sleep with their babies because it leads to suffocation.
Also, 17 percent of women admit to having smoked while expecting. He says that’s one major contributor...and mothers should know better.