Arizona Department of Health Services

Healthy Babies

newborn baby
Improving Birth Outcomes

In 2012, 495 Arizona babies died before their first birthday. There are so many factors that can affect birth outcomes including the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant, access to care, good nutrition, and a safe place to live, work and play.

ADHS is working with community members and other stakeholders to improve birth outcomes throughout the state. As a result of these efforts, ADHS was awarded the March of Dimes Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award. More about this can be found in the Reducing Prematurity section.

ADHS will continue working with the community to reduce poor birth outcomes. One step was to host the Arizona Birth Outcomes Summit in January. Participants identified strategies that will be the foundation for a statewide plan to improve birth outcomes. Materials from this summit can be found in the Birth Outcomes Summit section. Everyone in Arizona is invited to participate in this process. Please check back for frequent updates and requests for feedback.

What steps can you take to set the stage for a healthy baby?

Birth Outcomes Summit | Reducing Prematurity | Pre-Pregnancy and Conception | During Pregnancy | After Delivery

During Pregnancy

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Once you're pregnant and if your pregnancy is healthy, it's best to let labor occur on its own and stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Many hospitals in Arizona have stopped doing elective C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks, because the baby's brain and other vital organs are not yet fully developed. Healthy Babies are worth the wait! ADHS is working with MOD on a new campaign to reduce prematurity and has set a goal of reducing the state's pre-term birth rate by 8% by 2014, preventing 950 pre-term births.

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