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Milwaukee Addresses Infant Mortality Rates


Milwaukee, Wis. (Learfield) - Milwaukee health officials and the mayor promise to take on the persistent problem of infant mortality, as a new report shows the city with one of the worst rates in the nation among big cities. The infant mortality rate for the city's African-American community is much higher than for whites or Latinos. City health commissioner Bevan Baker says one of the biggest problems remains premature births and getting pregnant women in for check-ups with their doctors. Baker also says adults sleeping in the same beds as infants remains a health threat to the children, and he says high poverty in the city may be holding back who seeks medical help. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett says the infant mortality problem may become worse if the state trims its Badger Care program. There were 800 fetal and infant deaths in Milwaukee from 2005 through 2008.