Trying to survive: fighting infant mortality in Lucas County

Mike and Colleen Oberhous sit with their son Owen (

LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO (WNWO)- Out of the 52 babies who died in Lucas County in 2017, African American babies were two times as likely to die than their white counterparts. This gap has remained consistently high In Lucas county and for mothers like Colleen Oberhous and Ideshia Shumaker.

For those lucky enough to wear the title of mother they say the feeling is indescribable.

” [It’s] the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Oberhous.

“To actually be able to you know support somebody other than myself it’s a rewarding job,” said Shumaker.

Though both women share the title of mom, their experiences before giving birth were dramatically different.

First time mom Oberhous had a specific birthing plan with her baby Owen, while the birth…

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