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Moms and Babies First


Are you or someone you know a Butler County resident, African American and pregnant? Call us at 513-887-5249 for more information about the program and to see if you're eligible. 
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Overview
Moms and Babies First: Ohio's African American Infant Vitality Program works to reduce the number of pre-term births, low birth weight babies and infant deaths within Butler County's African American community. Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide culturally appropriate, family centered services during frequently scheduled home visits. CHWs educate parents and families on prenatal and postpartum care, including education and act ivies on toddler health care through baby's first birthday.  
                                                           
Background
Originally called High Hopes, our infant vitality program has been working with moms and families since 2013. Our program has witnessed the births of numerous beautiful babies born to African American mothers and fathers with high-risk pregnancies. 

Program Goals
Acheive optimal pregnancy outcomes and help ensure children thrive throughout the first year of life by: 
  • Decreasing African American maternal and infant mortality
  • Improving African American maternal, infant, and family health
  • Reducing health disparities in the African American community
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Data

Although infant mortality has decreased as a whole in Butler County, there still remains a significant difference in birth outcomes by race and ethnicity. Despite efforts to improve health, the non-Hispanic black IMR is approximately three times higher than the non-Hispanic white IMR.

IM graph by race   IMR rate 2014-2018