Carman Norrick — with 4C of Southern Indiana — joined 44News This Morning Anchor Melissa Schroeder for Family Matters. They discussed infant mortality. Norrick shared rates from 2014. Here are those statistics:
In the United States it was 5.9 deaths for every 1000 births.
Indiana is 7.2 deaths for every 1000 births and Southwest Indiana is 9.4 deaths for every 1000 births. According to Norrick, there are several reasons this is a problem in the area including, women smoking while pregnant, limited prenatal care, obesity and unsafe sleep practices for the baby.
In Indiana, 15.7% of pregnant women smoke…that’s two times the US average. In 2015, 56% of the women who experienced infant loss were smokers. 67.4% of pregnant mothers in Indiana received prenatal care in the first trimester
Obesity is another issue with obese women having a 25% chance of delivering prematurely.
In our region, 60% of the women who suffered an infant loss had a BMI over the recommend standard.
Every Tuesday 44News Melissa Schroeder asks organizations to give a #WeeklyFamilyChallenge. This week, 4C asked families to make sure to log the hours their children sleep. To give you an idea of how much sleep they should be getting, an infant should sleep around 16 hours a day, a toddler should be between 12-13 hours and teens between 8-9.
Make sure to start the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WeeklyFamily Challenge.