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The Health of America

May 19, 2021

In 2009, when infant mortality rates were going down in most places, Baltimore’s infant mortality rate spiked to its highest ever. For white babies, the rate was 3.5 per 1000. For African American babies, 18. Black mothers were dying at higher rates, too. The city needed not just a new program, but a whole new approach to saving babies and keeping mothers healthy. That approach, called B'more for Healthy Babies, has saved lives. Now, as the initiative enters its second decade, there's new urgency to save mothers, too.