In 2010, Oklahoma ranked 43rd in the U.S. with an Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of 7.59, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Oklahoma’s IMR has remained above the national rate since 1992. While some improvements have been observed, the state’s IMR of 7.59 deaths per 1,000 live births for 2010 is no better than the national average achieved in 1995.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraged by the continued improvement in Oklahoma’s IMR. It continues to decline, dropping from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013, saving an additional 34 babies’ lives over last year, according to the vital statistics data from the OSDH.
Preparing for a Lifetime: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility is an initiative of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and multiple partners aiming to reduce infant mortality and other adverse birth outcomes as well as reduce racial disparities for such outcomes.
The Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement coordinates the hospital-based activities of this initiative. These activities include:
- Every Week Counts Collaborative (Elimination of Elective Deliveries Prior to 39 Weeks Gestation)
- Abusive Head Trauma Prevention (Period of PURPLE Crying® Program)
- Infant Safe Sleep Promotion
- Tobacco Cessation
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
- Preconception/Interconception Care
For more information regarding these activities, click on the links above or you may contact Barbara O’Brien.