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Latest Infant Mortality Report: Fewer Deaths in Ohio, Stark, But Work Continues

In this photo taken on Dec. 8, 2010, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Coltyn, right, begs for a kiss from his mom Tracy Hermanstorfer at their home. Tracy Hermanstorfer, now 34, went into cardiac arrest while preparing to give birth at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Dec. 24, 2009. Doctors quickly delivered Coltyn by emergency Cesarean section, but he appeared lifeless. Mike Hermanstorfer, who was at his wife's side when her heart stopped beating, thought he had lost both her and their newborn son. But doctors revived Coltyn as Hermanstorfer cradled him in his arms, and about 45 minutes later, a nurse told him his wife's pulse had inexplicably returned. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

CANTON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – Infant mortality numbers are down in both Ohio and Stark County from 2018 to 2019, but there’s still work to be done.

The 2019 Infant Mortality Report came out last week.

The Stark County Thrive Project has nearly two dozen Community Health Workers who work with women before and after birth, helping them remain healthy for their young children.

929 babies died between birth and age one in Ohio last year.

There were 22 baby deaths in Stark County, 26 in 2018.

If you’re pregnant, have a baby or are considering children and need help, contact the THRIVE program.

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