KIVI: New report shows Idaho’s maternal and infant health trends worsening. How advocates want to to fix it.

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“A new report by Idaho Kids Covered shows Idaho’s maternal and infant health trends are worsening.

Idaho Kids Covered recently released a new report claiming 100% of Idaho’s maternal deaths in 2018 and 2019 were preventable. Health Advocates are calling on lawmakers to improve support for pregnant women and their babies.”


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Idaho Maternal and Infant Healthcare Report

Healthy births are the first step in ensuring babies grow, develop, and thrive. Yet Idaho is falling well behind in key maternal and infant health indicators. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Idaho’s ‘trigger law’ that criminalizes abortion services, maternal and infant health needs in Idaho will grow.

Now is the time to take steps to reverse Idaho’s troubling health trends by advancing a set of broad state priorities focused on improving birth outcomes, the health of infants, and the well-being of moms. As Idaho policymakers explore opportunities to increase support for pregnant women and newborns, it is essential that they consider what the data shows about the needs of families.