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Tennessee Department of Health reports Fewer Infant Deaths in 2018

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is celebrating the lowest infant mortality rate in the state in three years. TDH data show there were 38 fewer infant deaths in the state in 2018 than in 2017.

Infant mortality is defined as the death of a child before his or her first birthday, and is a critical indicator of the overall health of the state.

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The number of children dying from sleep related deaths in Tennessee has dropped from 130 in 2012 to 117 in 2013. The infant mortality rate in 2013 was down to 6.8 per 1,000 births, the lowest infant mortality rate ever in Tennessee.

“We are very encouraged that fewer babies are dying in Tennessee from sleep related causes and believe our safe sleep campaign encouraging parents and caregivers to put babies to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep is an important reason why.” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “But until we get to zero, there is still more to do to save these wonderful lives in Tennessee.”

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Tenenssee Department of Health says remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep this Holiday Season

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Putting your baby to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep saves lives. The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents to remember it’s very important to make sure family and friends follow these simple steps while visiting during the holidays: Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

“Loved ones are always eager to see and hold the newest family members during holiday visits. It’s really important that everyone who will be involved in caring for a baby knows about the safest way to put the baby to sleep,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reports more Drug Dependent Newborns in State already than in all of 2011

 

TDH Projects 33 Percent Increase by End of Year     

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – In just slightly more than nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.

By the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 for all of 2011.

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Tennessee Launches “Welcome Baby” Initiative

 

Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort.

Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks. «Read the rest of this article»

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Family health is key to preventing infant deaths

 

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville – As part of the observance of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Health is working to remind Tennesseans of the importance of preconception and prenatal care and is working toward ensuring that every child born in Tennessee reaches his or her first birthday.

“We must do everything we can to improve the health outcomes for this vulnerable population,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The Department of Health and Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination are working to increase awareness about how important it is to create healthier families that have healthier babies.”

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A happy healthy baby

“All women of childbearing age, whether planning to become a parent or not, should take steps now to improve their health. Simple changes such as improving physical fitness, making better nutritional choices and stopping tobacco use will contribute to better health,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “Good overall maternal health, combined with proper and early prenatal care, is vital to the growth and development of an infant.”

The theme of Infant Mortality Awareness Month 2009 is “Healthy Families = Healthy Babies.” The goal of this year’s observance is to remind adults to work on personal health before they even consider having a child. «Read the rest of this article»

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