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Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality is measured by the number of deaths under age 1 per 1,000 live births. 

  • In Cuyahoga County, the infant mortality rate for 2015 is 10.4.
  • Even worse, there is a significant disparity between Black and White infant deaths.  Black babies are almost three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies.
  • There are a number of factors that impact infant death.

The top three causes for infant mortality are:

  • Prematurity
  • Sleep Related Deaths
  • Birth Defects


  • Premature births are greatly impacted by the health of mom before and during pregnancy.  Opportunities to impact premature labor include: medical care, healthy diet and exercise…..
  • Black women are 50% more likely to have a premature birth, which is greatly explained by the stress experienced over the life course.
  • Birth Defects are often unpreventable, however, taking prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid can decrease risk for certain defects.
  • Sleep Related deaths are the most preventable cause for infant death.  Unsafe sleep environments are the primary cause for deaths to babies while they sleep.  Always put your baby to sleep Alone, on his/her Back, in a bare-naked Crib.
  • In Cuyahoga County, we lose an average of 2 babies every month in unsafe sleep environments.


Get involved!

Join local Ohio Equity Institute teams to address infant deaths in your community.  Gather people from your community to discuss concerns you have and voice your concerns to your local leaders.

Before Pregnancy and Preconception Health

Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have sometime in the future.

For more information about your health before you become pregnant, check out this link.

Not ready to get pregnant?

Safe and highly effective methods of birth control are available to prevent pregnancy and can be accessed right in your neighborhood.  For birth control information and providers in Northeast Ohio, check out this local Healthcare Finder Tool for teen friendly providers or for all providers Search.

Are you planning to get pregnant?

Before getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about preconception health.  You can discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have about your health and planning a healthy pregnancy.

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Healthy behaviors

  • Nutrition
  • Take Folic Acid to prevent birth defects that affect the baby’s spine and brain
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Oral Health
  • Mental Health

Show Your Love. Your Baby will thank you for it.

During Pregnancy, Are you currently pregnant?

Find a doctor

General prenatal care providers:


CenteringPregnancy is a great way to experience prenatal care for you and your baby!!  Centering is a unique style of prenatal care in a group format. Its aim is to build a community that empowers women to be actively involved in their own care and equips them to make healthy choices throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

Expectant mothers meet for 9 sessions with a group of 10-12 other pregnant women that are due around the same time.

Each time a group meets, women have the chance to record their pregnancy progress, have their baby checked, talk about concerns one-on-one with their Centering provider, and talk about pregnancy issues that are relevant to them as a group, such as exercise, nutrition, reducing stress, signs of labor, breastfeeding, new baby care and after delivery issues. Centering is a prenatal appointment and childbirth education all in one!

Be Healthy!

  • Nutrition
  • Take 400mg Folic Acid daily to prevent birth defects that affect your baby’s spine and brain
  • Exercise
  • Smoking
  • Mental health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Oral Health


After Pregnancy

Find a doctor

Be Healthy

  • Breastfeeding
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Child safety
  • Safe Sleep
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Mental Health

Sexual Health Services


Just for Dads

Supporting mom during pregnancy

Parenting and Child Safety

Teaching Parents about Safe Sleep 

For an Appointment or Information Call

Angela Newman-White
(216) 201-2000
ext. 1517