Updated: Dec 2, 2022
A mothers health and her diet c
There are many factors to consider when address the high rate of infant mortality. One powerful approach is to focus on the nutriton of the Mother.
Indiana rates of infant mortality
In the United States, Indiana ranks among the highest for the number of babies who die before their first birthday. Indiana's current infant mortality of 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births is still 20% higher than the national average, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
During pregnancy, poor diets lacking in key nutrients – like iodine, iron, folate, calcium and zinc – can cause anaemia, pre-eclampsia, haemorrhage and death in mothers. They can also lead to stillbirth, low birthweight, wasting and developmental delays for children.