Reduce Infant Mortality in Maryland by 10% by 2017

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Overall Progress

21.3 %
On Track

Total Infant Mortality Rate (Deaths per 1,000 Live Births)

2012
6.3
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
2007
8.0
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
21.3% Decrease

African American Infant Mortality Rate (Deaths per 1,000 Live Births)

2012
10.3
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
2007
14.0
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
26.4% Decrease

White Infant Mortality Rate (Deaths per 1,000 Live Births)

2012
4.1
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
2007
4.6
Deaths/1,000 Live Births
10.9% Decrease
This site was reviewed and updated with any available data and information on April 3, 2014.

Total Infant Mortality Rate

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In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

Are We Meeting Our Goals?

When the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007, we set a goal of reducing Maryland’s infant mortality rate by 10 percent by 2012.  Together with Maryland’s healthcare providers, we met this goal in 2009 driving down Maryland’s infant mortality rate from 8/1,000 live births in 2007 to 7.2/1,000 in 2009; we have continued to succeed our goal every year since.

In 2012, to continue moving Maryland forward, the Administration set a new goal to reduce the infant mortality rate by an additional 10 percent by 2017.  Recognizing the great disparities that exist in Maryland’s infant mortality rate, we set an additional goal to drive down the Black infant mortality rate by 10 percent by 2017.

As part of Maryland’s Plan for Reducing Infant Mortality in Maryland family planning sites in target jurisdictions have been transitioning to the comprehensive women’s health model ensuring pregnant women and women of childbearing age receive expanded services including; screening and referral for Medicaid eligibility, WIC nutrition, substance abuse treatment, mental health, domestic violence prevention, smoking cessation and weight management services. In 2013 over 23,000 women received comprehensive women’s health services in eight target jurisdictions across the state.

Actions Taken Towards Goal

  • The O’Malley-Brown Administration has invested in the transitioning of family planning sites to the comprehensive women’s health model. Comprehensive women’s health ensures pregnant women and women of childbearing age receive more than just reproductive health care but also services including screening and referral for Medicaid eligibility, WIC nutrition, substance abuse treatment, mental health, domestic violence prevention, smoking cessation and eight management.  In 2013 over 23,000 women received comprehensive women’s health services in eight target jurisdictions across the state.
  • Together, we have expanded access to the Medicaid Family Planning Program to an additional 31,000 women.
  • The O’Malley-Brown Administration has prioritized teen pregnancy prevention through the Personal Responsibility Education Program, Abstinence Education and Coordination Program, and multiple Healthy Teen and Young Adult clinics.
  • In 2012 the O’Malley-Brown Administration and DHMH updated the Maryland Perinatal System Standards to require hospitals to have a policy prohibiting elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation.
  • In 2012 DHMH developed a model breastfeeding policy for Maryland birthing hospitals. All 32 birthing hospitals have committed to adopting Maryland’s Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations or are working to become certified Baby Friendly.  DHMH has also begun implementing a standardized hospital postpartum discharge form to link high-risk mothers and infants with community services.
  • DHMH has expedited Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and monitor eligibility determinations for pregnant women in target jurisdictions to ensure 10 day processing requirement.
  • As part of Maryland’s Plan for Reducing Infant Mortality in Maryland released in December 2011, the O’Malley-Brown Administration and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) implemented “QuickStart” prenatal programs in targeted health departments.  What’s more-we deployed perinatal navigators in targeted health departments to help high-risk pregnant and postpartum women access services. View the full plan here.
  • Working with our partners in Baltimore City, we have distributed 3,000 “Sleep Safe” DVDs as part of the ‘B’More for Health Babies’ campaign.  And last year, we banned the sale of baby bumper pads statewide. 
  • In 2006, DHMH launched the Maryland ‘Quitline’ (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to assist all Marylanders in quitting smoking and other forms of tobacco use. In 2012, the Quitline expanded its services to include an intensive support program for pregnant women.

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