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Infant mortality

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After the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a blockbuster series in 2011 on the city's high infant mortality rate, the mayor vowed to reduce the black infant death rate by 15 percent in six years. Five years later, the black rate has gone up. What happened?

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Infant mortality may be one of the most cold, impersonal terms out there, especially when what we're talking about is dying babies....

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There has been growing recognition in recent years that "toxic stress" can disfigure young lives in lasting ways. But how do health systems begin to address the problem? Daisy Rosario looks at how the Montefiore health system in the Bronx is tackling the issue through pediatric care.

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A study looking at births in Britain finds home-births safer, while another U.S. study finds babies born at home face higher risk of death. It turns out having ways to get moms to the hospital quickly when complications arise might be the most important variable.

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In Johnson County, for every 1,000 infants born in recent years, fewer than five don’t make it to their first birthday. In Wyandotte County, the number is closer to eight.

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When it comes to lowering high infant mortality rates, Rwanda has become an encouraging if unexpected example of what can be done with "big data made small."

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Karen Bouffard and The Detroit News were awarded this week a 2015 Communication Award from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Bouffard’s series “Surviving through age 18 in Detroit,” which she reported as a 2013 National Health Journalism Fellow.

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Last year we did a story on infant mortality in Rochester, NY. A few experts we talked to said toxic stress was one possible reason that babies born to black and Latina mothers died at such a high rate.

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Detroit women are dying from pregnancy-related causes at a rate three times greater than for the nation. While it’s widely assumed that death in pregnancy or childbirth is an anachronism in a highly developed country, rates are actually creeping upward, in both Detroit and nationwide.

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As The Detroit News has reported, Detroit has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. A recently announced plan to reduce the city's high preterm birth rate will make prenatal care available to every pregnant woman in the Detroit, regardless of insurance coverage or financial status.

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