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Saving Ohio Infants, Pregnant Women

Many of the nearly 200 Ohio women who died from pregnancy-related causes during the past eight years could have been saved, a new state report concludes.

Combine that information with reports indicating the state has the eighth-worst infant mortality rate in the nation, and it is clear Ohio is not doing enough to protect both mothers and babies.

Note also that both the infant mortality and pregnancy-related death rates are significantly higher for black women and babies.

State officials have been working for years to do better in keeping both infants and pregnant women alive. Clearly, whatever has been tried in the recent past has not worked well enough. The Buckeye State simply has to do better.

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