BALTIMORE’S PROMISE HAS A GOAL THAT
Babies Are Born Healthy
Health conditions affect a child’s ability to learn and develop, starting in the earliest days and months of life. Children born pre-term or at low birthweight tend to have lower cognitive scores, increased incidence of ADHD, and more behavioral problems throughout childhood. Since 2005, Baltimore City has averaged over 9,200 births per year, with a recorded low of 8,656 in 2015. Baltimore’s Promise has identified infant mortality, low birthweight, and teen pregnancy as our key indicators for this outcome.
Babies are born healthy is an outcome that has been prioritized by the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.