New Legislation Going Into Effect To Help Indiana’s Infant Mortality Rate
Indiana’s infant mortality rate is dismal, and advocates hope a new law signed by the governor will be a step towards reducing those numbers. Legislation (SB 360) that guarantees consistent levels of care to Hoosier mothers and infants goes into effect July 1st. It creates a system that makes sure moms or babies who are high risk go to hospitals or birthing centers that have the proper medical staff and equipment to treat them. Indiana University School of Medicine doctor and professor Nancy Swigonski says too many babies are dying and that this legislation is just a start. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana has the seventh highest infant mortality rate in the country, and the fifth highest maternal mortality rate.
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