Healthy, full-term babies born ready to thrive in healthy families – this vision drives our B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) Initiative.
Led by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Family League of Baltimore City, BHB brings together communities, organizations, and resources so that every baby might have the best start possible.
There is much to be done. Far too many babies in Baltimore City die before their first birthday. Many of these deaths are preventable. Up until 2009 – the year in which BHB was launched – the City had the fourth highest infant mortality rate in the U.S.
We had some encouraging news in 2010 - a record low in infant mortality in Baltimore City. That year 98 babies died – 30 fewer deaths than in 2009.
In 2011, the number of Maryland babies who died before their first birthday dropped to a record low for the second straight year.
We believe that this kind of change can only happen when people work together for a common cause. Whether a mom, family member, doctor, nurse, teacher, social worker, community leader – every baby counts on you.
Click here to link to the Governor's blog (August 2012) on progress made in reducing the infant mortality rate
Click here to view the Infant Mortality Rate Statistics in Maryland - 2009
Click here to view the Infant Mortality Rate Statistics in Maryland - 2010
Click here to view the Infant Mortality Rate Statistics in Maryland - 2011
Click here to view the Strategy to Improve Birth Outcomes in Baltimore City - 2009