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

State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) 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.

LaTourette introduced the resolution with Representative Nickie Antionio (D-Lakewood) to address Ohio’s startling problem with infant mortality. Currently, the state is ranked 47th in the nation for infant mortality, with 1,047 infant deaths in Ohio in 2012 alone.

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 help predict the risk of early delivery. If a mother is at risk of a preterm birth, progesterone treatments can be implemented to greatly reduce a woman’s chances of early delivery.

“This is unacceptable and, as a state, we can commit to doing better,” LaTourette said. “To do better as a state, we need to know better. Raising awareness and advancing education regarding this public health crisis will directly enhance the good health and well-being of Ohio’s expectant mothers and their babies. This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue about truly protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The resolution follows other statewide efforts aimed at reducing 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, which created a 15-member commission tasked with making recommendations for decreasing the rate.

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