Magazine article The Nation's Health

U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Go Unchanged

Magazine article The Nation's Health

U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Go Unchanged

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The overall infant mortality rate in the United States did not change significantly between 2003 and 2004, and black women had the highest overall infant mortality rate.

According to federal data released in May, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.78 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2004, compared to 6.84 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2003. Black women had an infant mortality rate of 13.6 per 1,000 live births compared to a rate of 5.66 per 1,000 births among white women and a rate of 4.55 per 1,000 live births for women of Cuban ethnicity.

The overall infant mortality rate has dropped by 10 percent since 1995 but has not changed much since 2000, when it was 6.89 per 1,000 live births.

For the report, "Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2004 Birth/Infant Death Data Set," researchers combined data from 2002-2004 to make specific estimates of infant mortality rates by state, race and Hispanic origin. …

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