Infant Mortality Awareness Month - Know the Stats

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The Stats

  • The U.S. has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the industrialized world.
  • 6 of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. will not make it to their first birthday– that’s enough children to fill 1,000 classrooms each year.
  • The death rate for babies born to black mothers is more than 2 times greater than babies born to white mothers.
  • In 2011, almost half of all pregnancies were unintended. Since health may not be optimized prior to pregnancy, unintended pregnancy may lead to poorer outcomes for mother and baby. Unplanned pregnancies are associated with elevated risk of adverse social, economic and health outcomes for the mother and the child.
  • The top 5 causes of U.S. infant deaths account for 57% of all infant deaths: congenital malformations (20%); short gestation and low birth weight (18%); maternal complications (7%); SIDS (7%); unintentional injury (5%).Thirty-six percent of all infant deaths can be attributed to prematurity when all pre-term related causes are combined.
  • Poverty, limited access to healthcare, stress, racism, poor prenatal care, lack of exercise, and diet and nutrition are factors that can contribute to negative pregnancy and birth outcomes. Despite these alarming statistics, most infant mortality-related deaths are preventable.A significant and modifiable determinant of a baby’s health is the health of his or her mother. By taking control of their own health and opening the conversation with their providers about their plans to become pregnant, women have a higher likelihood of having a healthy baby.

Despite these alarming statistics, most infant mortality-related deaths are preventable. A significant and controllable determination of a baby’s health is the health of his or her mother. By taking control of their own health and opening the conversation with their providers about their plans to become pregnant, women have a higher likelihood of having a healthy baby

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Sources: 
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_05.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/MaternalInfantHealth/InfantMortality.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr055.pdf
http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/mchbadvisory/InfantMortality/Correspondence/recommendationsjan2013.pdf
http://www.arc.org/racewire/030210z_kashef.html
http://www.themedguru.com/articles/mothers_obesity_linked_to_high_infant_mortality-86120387.htm

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