Infant Mortality Rate Decreased Slightly from 2007-2008

Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Disparities in Health

The U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.61 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008, 2 percent lower than the rate of 6.75 in 2007. Infant mortality rates ranged from 4.51 per 1,000 live births for Asian or Pacific Islander mothers to 12.67 for non-Hispanic black mothers. The rate for non-Hispanic black women declined 5 percent from 2007 to 2008. Infant mortality was higher for male infants and infants born preterm or at low birthweight. Infant mortality rates were also higher for those infants who were born in multiple deliveries, to mothers who were unmarried, and for those whose mothers were born in the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
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<p><em>CDC/Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report</em> - 17 May 2012</p> All rights reserved©