“Among the worst in America.” That’s how B’more for Healthy Babies’ website describes Baltimore’s infant mortality rate in 2009. The BHB campaign was founded that year in an attempt to turn the tide with a multi-faceted initiative aimed at promoting healthy choices before and during pregnancy, as well as postpartum.
The campaign recently received grants totaling $2.2 million. The new funds will be divided among two BHB programs: one that helps obese women of childbearing age lose weight, and another that provides new mothers with home visits from nurses who will assess their physical and mental health, and get them access to necessary services.
B’more for Healthy Babies has already given us a reason to be optimistic about the effects of the program. Since the initiative’s inception two years ago, Maryland’s infant mortality rate not only dropped, it dropped to its lowest level on record.