Rep. Sprague Applauds Passage Of Infant Mortality Resolution
Resolution encourages action on Ohio's high infant mortality rate through preterm birth screenings

State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today applauded the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 12, which declares Ohio’s current infant mortality rate a public health crisis and urges comprehensive preterm birth screenings for pregnant women in Ohio.

The legislation addresses Ohio’s startling problem with infant mortality. Currently, the state is ranked 47th in the nation for infant mortality, and in 2012, 1,047 babies in Ohio died before their first birthday.

As outlined in the resolution, the leading cause of infant mortality is preterm births. HCR 12 encourages preterm birth screenings, which can measure cervical length and can predict the risk of early delivery. If a mother is at risk of a preterm birth, progesterone treatments can be implemented, which greatly reduce a woman’s chances of early delivery.

“This resolution is an important step to improve Ohio’s rate of infant mortality,” said Representative Sprague. “Preterm screenings give medical professionals an opportunity to offer medical care that will promote improved health outcomes for mothers and newborns.”

The resolution follows other statewide efforts that are working to reduce the rate of infant mortality. These include the Department of Health’s Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality, as well as Senate Bill 276 passed in the 130th General Assembly. This bill created a 15-member commission tasked with making recommendations for decreasing the rate.

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