Indiana’s infant mortality rate fell in 2019 to the lowest level in state recorded history, marking the third year of decline.
Indiana is stepping up and investing in critical resources to keep moms and babies healthy before, during and after birth, so more families can celebrate their baby’s first birthday. The Indiana State Department of Health released preliminary data showing the statewide infant mortality rate fell from 6.8 per 1,000 births in 2018, to 6.5 in 2019. The mortality rate among Black infants fell from 13.0 in 2018, to 11.0 in 2019. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before their first birthday.
To help protect our youngest Hoosiers, House Republican lawmakers championed a 2019 law creating an obstetrician-gynecologist navigator program to ensure more expectant mothers have access to critical care and support during every step of their pregnancy.
The program, My Healthy Baby, connects expectant and new mothers to early prenatal care, addiction treatment, wrap-around services and home-visit programs. My Healthy baby also provides resources and support for new moms throughout the baby’s first year. The program is implemented in 20 counties so far, with 25 other counties expected to be added next year.
Expectant women, new mothers and individuals from anywhere in the state can call the MOMS Helpline at 1-844-MCH-MOMS (1-844-624-6667) to find resources available in their communities. Click here to learn more.