A major new finding by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes to an astonishing conclusion on infant mortality.
A remarkable new study out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that infant mortality, one of the biggest health problems facing the United States today, has been plummeting for the past decade. That’s extremely good news because the U.S. has a relativelyl high infant mortality rate for a first world country, with a U.S. baby more than twice as likely to die in its first year than a baby in countries such as Norway, Japan and the Czech Republic.
However, that may be turning around, as the CDC’s new report found that infant mortality dropped 15 percent in the past decade, which suggests improvements in health care policies and better access to care could be making a dent in those numbers. Overall, the rate dropped from 6.86 to 5.82 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births.
The U.S. still have a long way to go before their infant mortality rate numbers are anywhere close to those in Europe and other developed nations worldwide, but it’s a good start.
The CDC report states: “In 2010, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, and the United States ranked 26th in infant mortality among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. After excluding births at less than 24 weeks of gestation to ensure international comparability, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 4.2, still higher than for most European countries and about twice the rates for Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. U.S. infant mortality rates for very preterm infants (24–31 weeks of gestation) compared favorably with most European rates.”