Death rate, infant: The number of children dying under a year of age divided by the number of live births that year. The infant death rate is also called the infant mortality rate.
The infant mortality rate is an important measure of the well-being of infants, children, and pregnant women because it is associated with a variety of factors, such as maternal health, quality and access to medical care, socioeconomic conditions, and public health practices.
In the United States, about two-thirds of infant deaths occur in the first month after birth and are due mostly to health problems of the infant or the pregnancy, such as preterm delivery or birth defects. About one-third of infant deaths occur after the first month and are influenced greatly by social or environmental factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke or problems with access to health care.
The infant mortality rate in the US, which was 12.5 per 1,000 live births in 1980, fell to 9.2 per 1,000 live births in 1990. However, in 1999 it was reported that "Over the past 8 years, the death rate among black infants has remained nearly 2.5 times that among white infants." (Pediatrics 104: 1229-1246, 1999.)
The US Government ChildStats Health Indicators include the following additional information about the infant mortality rate:
State comparison of Infant-Death-Rate. Most recent. Full list of available states.
Statistics about Infant Death as a medical condition including prevalence, incidence, death rates, and social and hospital statistics.
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