Sen. Sherrod Brown to announce new legislation aiming to curb infant mortality in Ohio

CINCINNATI – Senator Sherrod Brown is set to announce new legislation regarding infant mortality in Ohio in hopes of improving prevention efforts.

A report released on August 13 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Ohio's infant mortality rate was the fifth worst in the country in 2011, and the worst state for African American infant deaths.

The report shows that 1,087 Ohio infants died in 2011, approximately eight children per every 1,000 live births.

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“The unacceptably high number of Ohio babies who die before reaching their first birthday simply breaks my heart, which is why for nearly a year, I’ve been traveling our state, meeting with advocates, and trying to raise awareness for this tragic, and often preventable problem," said Shannon Jones, State Senator.

Brown will visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Thursday at 2:15 p.m. to talk about the new legislation, called the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act , which aims to help doctors and researchers better understand the causes of stillbirths, Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) and Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Children (SUDC).

Two local parents who lost children to SUID will join Brown and others to outline how the legislation will support local efforts to combat infant mortality.

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