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New York City's infant mortality rate declined in 2006
Date:10/3/2007

e infants because they are often born preterm. Multiples accounted for 3.8% of New York City births in 2006, up from 3.0% a decade earlier reflecting a rise in maternal age and an increase in the use of fertility treatments.

Driving Down the Infant Mortality Rate

While working to improve everyones access to healthy food and physical activity, the Health Department is also taking direct steps to reduce infant mortality and address its disparate impact:

  • Expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership, with the aim of serving more than 2,000 families by July 2008. NFP is a nurse home-visiting program for low-income, first-time mothers. Nurses interact regularly with women from the time they are pregnant through their childs second birthday to help them take the steps needed to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

  • Offering a single home visit to all families with new babies in parts of Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Through this Newborn Home Visiting Program, Health Department workers assess the safety of the home environment, educate new parents about breastfeeding and safe sleep, and help families access medical care and social services.

  • Promoting breastfeeding through the Breastfeeding Initiative. Most recently, the Health Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation launched a comprehensive breastfeeding-promotion program to encourage breastfeeding and eliminate formula giveaways in public hospitals.

  • Providing portable cribs and safe-sleep education through the New York City Safe Sleep Initiative.

  • Working with 40 community-based organizations, with funding from the City Council, to reduce infant mortality through health education workshops, outreach, referral services, case management, peer education and other activities.

What Women Can Do To Stay Healthy and Have a Healthy Baby

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Contact: Sara Markt
smarkt@health.nyc.gov
212-788-5290
New York City Health Department
Source:Eurekalert

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