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?

Pre-Pregnancy and Conception


Be as healthy as possible before pregnancy. The health of a woman before she even thinks about having a baby has a significant impact on the health of a baby at birth and throughout its life. This includes being at a healthy weight, not smoking or drinking, managing any existing health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure or STDs. Taking a multivitamin with 400-800 micrograms of folic acid and planning your pregnancy.

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