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Recent Declines in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005–2011

CDC – Recent Declines in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005–2011. Marian F. MacDorman, Ph.D.; Donna L. Hoyert, Ph.D.; and T.J. Mathews, M.S. April 2013 Key findings:

  • Following a plateau from 2000 through 2005, the U.S. infant mortality rate declined 12% from 2005 through 2011. Declines for neonatal and postneonatal mortality were similar.

  • From 2005 through 2011, infant mortality declined 16% for non-Hispanic black women and 12% for non-Hispanic white women.
  • Infant mortality declined for four of the five leading causes of death during the 2005–2011 period.
  • Infant mortality rates declined most rapidly among some, but not all, Southern states from 2005 through 2010. Despite these declines, states in the South still had among the highest rates in 2010. Rates were also high in 2010 in some states in the Midwest.

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