Butler County Infant Vitality Annual Report 2021
February 9, 2022
Butler County has seen a sharp decrease in infant mortality over the past decade. A decrease of 23.8% was seen between the years of 2012 and 2020. Of 3,829 live-born babies in 2021, 32 infants died before their first birthday in Butler County. The overall infant mortality rate for all races was 8.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Although, Butler County has seen a decrease in infant mortality, the rate of infant mortality is still higher than the state of Ohio and Healthy People 2030. Butler County and the state of Ohio have yet to achieve the Healthy People national goal.Maternal and infant mortality rates are worse for people of color.
In 2020, babies born to Black mothers (24%) with associate degrees and higher were 2.1 times more likely to have preterm babies than babies born to white women with less than a high school diploma (11%) in Butler County (Ohio Vital Statistics).
In 2021, the infant mortality rate for non-Hispanic Black infants was 8.2 per 1,000 live births compared to 9.1 per 1,000 live births among non-Hispanic white infants. This year, there were fewer babies born in the county compared to the previous years, which attributed to the higher infant mortality rate, especially among non-Hispanic white infants.To learn more about how infant mortality is being addressed in Butler County and for the full report, click the link above or HERE.