In 2015, 613 Hoosier babies died before their first birthday. That’s nearly 12 babies a week.

While we know that access to prenatal care, safe sleep practices, breastfeeding and smoking cessation can help reduce those rates, we can’t ignore the risk that drug addiction poses to babies. The national opioid epidemic has taken a significant toll on Indiana and other states, and Governor Eric J. Holcomb has made attacking the drug epidemic one of the five pillars of his administration. It’s fitting, then, that this year’s Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit is focusing on the impact of opioids on mothers and babies.

This year’s Summit, the fifth one sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health, will be held November 15, 2017, at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Participants will have access to nationally renowned experts who will share their experiences and provide tools and insight to help them address the dual tragedies of opioid addiction and infant mortality.

Giving babies their best start in life starts by helping their mothers. I hope you’ll join us in this important work.

Download-able agenda coming soon

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Headline Speakers

We have assembled an exciting lineup of experts from across the United States to join us in a conversation around disparities and their relation to infant mortality in Indiana.  

Speakers › 

Continuing Education

A basic continuing education certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees. You many pick it up at the Registration Table at the conclusion of the Summit.



What are health disparities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.1Populations can be defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, education or income, disability, geographic location (e.g., rural or urban), or sexual orientation. Health disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

Health disparities result from multiple factors, including

  • Poverty
  • Environmental threats
  • Inadequate access to health care
  • Individual and behavioral factors
  • Educational inequalities

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The ISDH is seeking sponsorships for the Fifth Annual Infant Mortality Summit. Well-attended and well-received, the Summit attracts nearly 1,000 participants from across the State of Indiana.

Become a sponsor ›

This year, we are providing a special area to allow organizations on the forefront of fighting Indiana’s opioid epidemic and its effects on infant mortality to showcase products and services while highlighting best practices in this battle.

Become an exhibitor 

About Labor of Love

Labor of Love is a product of the Indiana State Department of Health in cooperation with other organizations.

Infant mortality is the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet it has an unacceptably high rate of infant mortality compared to other wealthy countries.

The problem is particularly significant in Indiana, where the overall infant mortality rate was 6.7 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2012.

To combat unacceptable rates of infant mortality in Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health, through its Maternal and Child Health program, is initiating a statewide sustained education and outreach effort. This has been identified as the agency’s No. 1 priority.

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Photos from the 2016 Labor of Love Summit

Click HERE to watch presentations from 2016's Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit!