Wide-ranging care to help support borough's mums
INFANT mortality figures cover deaths of children before their first birthday.
Other schemes being launched in Newcastle in April include:
Offering special support to women of child-bearing age who have a long-standing illnesses
Giving quit-smoking sessions by phone to women a year after the birth
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Beefing up support for breast-feeding
Appointing a midwife specialising in mental health to help new mums cope with post-natal depression
The rate of infants dying trebled in 2007 to 12 per 1,000 births. It has fallen to just over six per 1,000 – still above the rate of under four in 2006.
The actual number of deaths annually were in single figures, with four babies dying last year.
John Taylor, of the borough's health scrutiny committee, said: "We should try to copy the things we were doing right six years ago."