Too many babies in our state are dying every day. Nearly 1,000 babies die each year before age one. African American babies are dying at nearly three times the rate of white babies.
Why Is this Happening?
Babies born too soon is the number one cause of baby deaths in Ohio.
Support Healthy Pregnancies in Ohio
“Our Babies Count” supports healthy pregnancies in Ohio. We encourage women to go to the doctor as soon as they think, or know, they are pregnant. We are focusing on this because we know prenatal care can help prevent premature births and baby deaths!
Our Babies Count is a grassroots movement working to inform all Ohioans about the issue and to provide simple ways people can help. The campaign also supports the many local programs working around the state to lower infant mortality rates.
One Baby Lost Affects Us All
Ohio’s a great place to live, but we’re all impacted by this health challenge as Ohio is only as healthy as our tiniest citizens. In addition to a lower chance of survival, babies born too soon are at risk for poor health later in life due to mental illness, obesity and breathing problems according to the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. They may also have a harder time in school or be unable to work when they grow up.
Keeping babies from being born too soon will save Ohio families from heartache.
Connection and Education
There are local programs working to reduce baby deaths and improve pregnancy outcomes for women. Many women also don’t realize their health insurance company has great pregnancy programs AND offers free rides to the doctor. They also connect women to resources for basic living needs like paying for food and bills.
Our Babies Count was created by Ohio’s five Medicaid managed care plans (Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Molina Healthcare, Paramount Advantage, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan), the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Black Doctors Ohio and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to empower women, families, communities…all Ohioans…with steps we can all take to help our moms-to-be have healthy pregnancies and babies.
You Can Help
- Drive a pregnant woman to her doctor (or midwife) appointment
- Watch her children so she can go stress-free
- Volunteer with local programs working to reduce baby deaths
- Like and follow “Our Babies Count” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Use #ourbabiescount to share personal experiences and encouragement
Spread the Word About the Importance of Pregnancy Care
- Visit OurBabiesCount.org for materials.
- Order FREE information cards, magnets, stickers and posters
- Use video, article, web ad, social media graphics, more