Reducing Infant Mortality

Reducing infant mortality is one of Indiana’s most pressing patient safety challenges.

Indiana ranks 43rd in the nation in infant mortality. Sudden unexplained infant deaths (SUIDs) accounted for 14.4 percent of these deaths in 2014, the majority of which were due to sudden infant death syndrome or accidental suffocation/strangulation in bed.

In December 2016, the Indiana State Department of Health awarded IHA a four-year grant through the Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) program. Through this opportunity, IHA will develop a statewide strategy to implement hospital safe sleep practices, including:

  • Safe sleep policy adoption
  • Staff development to model safe sleep practices with consistent messaging
  • Staff practice compliance audits
  • Awareness of local safe sleep distribution sites
  • Cribs for Kids® National Hospital Certification Program
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Labor of Love

The Safety PIN program is just one of many initiatives to help reduce infant mortality in Indiana. Labor of Love: Helping Indiana Reduce Infant Death provides all pregnant women in Indiana the support they need to give birth to healthy babies.

The campaign educates Hoosiers to ensure that more babies survive their first year of life, focusing on the importance of:

  • Early and regular prenatal care
  • Safe sleep practices
  • Avoiding tobacco, drugs and alcohol before, during and after pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

For more information about how to get involved in the Safety PIN program or Labor of Love, email Annette Handy or call 317-423-7795.