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Nebraska a Safer Place for Newborns

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Nebraska is becoming a safer place for newborns, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services. The report released Wednesday says the infant death rate in Nebraska is significantly lower than the national average.

Nebraska's infant mortality rate is 4.6 per thousand births; the previous low was 5.2 in 2010. Doctors acknowledge that a contributing factor is the improvement of communication between patients and physicians.

Good Samaritan hospital says women are seeing physicians earlier in their first trimester, allowing doctors a chance to study a woman's medical history and have more time to develop a plan for the best treatment possible.

"Getting that relationship with the physician started, early testing and early care is so important for the well benefit of our babies. It makes a huge difference," said Child Services Director Karen Navis.

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