City holds vigil to remember infants who have died


City officials held a candlelight vigil Monday evening to remember infants who have died.

They called it an "angelversary," and its the third year they gathered for the event.

Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Family League of Baltimore President and Chief Executive Jonathon Rondeau and community members who have lost babies in the past year were on hand for the event at the War Memorial Building, at 101 N. Gay St., across from City Hall downtown.

Dr. Robert Atlas, chairman of obstetrics and gynocology at Mercy Medical Center, received an award for his work in the area.

The city launched B'More for Healthy Babies in 2010 with help from the Family League of Baltimore and other partners and funding from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. It aimed to reduce the city's high infant mortality rate, and officials said the rate has dropped consistently and hit its lowest point in 2012.

The mortality rate in the city in 2012 was 9.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 10.5 in 2011. The African American infant mortality rate fell to 12.6 deaths from 14.5 in the same time.

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