Infant Mortality


Earlier this year, Aime’e Elliot couldn’t keep any solid foods down while pregnant with son Jacion. So the 28-year-old Indianapolis woman called a community group before even considering her doctor.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box highlighted the state’s decreasing infant mortality rates at this month’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children meeting. Despite recent improvements, minority communities across the state still remain most vulnerable. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended his job performance Tuesday in the first of two gubernatorial debates this year. His challengers, Democrat Dr. Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, assailed Holcomb’s record – but from sharply different angles.

Indiana recently announced infant mortality rates are the lowest ever. Some counties like St. Joseph County say it’s too early to note exact changes at the local level, which are evaluated every five years. However, health officials in St. Joe County say focusing on a mother’s access to health care has been key to those results. 


An annual report card finds more babies are being born prematurely in Indiana. This year’s analysis digs deeper into the relationship between this factor and infant and maternal mortality.