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Maternal and Infant Health

Premature births, low birth weights, and high infant mortality rates are a few of the complications that can result if women do not receive correct care during their pregnancies. Despite some of the highest health care spending levels in the world, the United States is ranked 26th in infant mortality among wealthy countries. While efforts have been made to improve U.S. maternal and infant health, racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for mothers and children also persist. For example, in New York State the infant mortality rate for African Americans is more than twice that of whites. Proper and timely pre- and postnatal care and other health supports are essential for mothers and their children to thrive and stay healthy. NYSHealth has supported a range of efforts to improve maternal and infant health in New York.

Learn more about NYSHealth’s work in this area:

Northeast Business Group on Health
Safe Birth NY: Empowering Women to Use Hospital Quality Data When Deciding Where to Give Birth

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Women, Pregnancy, and the Opioid Epidemic in Upstate New York: A Health Care Provider Educational Approach

Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services
Creating Community Supports for Breast-Feeding in Chautauqua County

Cortland County Health Department
Pump It Up for Health: A Program to Increase Breast-Feeding Duration and Exclusivity in Cortland County

Fund for Public Health in New York
NYC Nurse-Family Partnership Medicaid Billing Project

Genesee Valley Health Partnership
Improving Health Outcomes in Livingston County

Healthcare Educational and Research Fund, Inc./ Healthcare Association of New York State
Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Improving Birth Outcomes in New York State

Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University
Engaging the Community to Decrease Drug Dependent Newborns

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation – Elmhurst Hospital Center
New Mothers Breast-feeding Education and Support

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The What to Expect Foundation
Baby Basics: Prenatal Health Literacy Program at MIC Women’s Health Centers

Westfield Memorial Hospital
Amish Midwifery Care Program


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