Infant Mortality Rate

Health experts say the concern is that America is still number one when it comes to infant mortality among developed countries. Doctors and child advocacy groups say they want to change that.

The health of babies is improving in the United States. The infant mortality rate is at an all time low of 6.8 per every 1,000 infants as of 2001.

"Neonatology people are handling pre-mature births much better now and funding for pre-natal care is helpful," says Dr. Alex Brickler.

"We want to prevent premature births because it's the one of the leading causes of infant mortality," says Maureen Thompson, a March of Dimes volunteer.

The Centers for Disease Control says the drop in the rate is partly because of a drop in sudden infant deaths. Organizations like the march of dimes support a program called "Back to Sleep", but the CDC also says the U.S. infant mortality rate is still twice that of other developed countries. Experts say expectant mothers just don't have the access they need for prenatal care.

"There are problems with the social divide between groups. There are people who don't get the attention they should get."

Other countries number per thousand babies, Afghanistan it's about 144. Sweden where new mothers can have up to one-year maternity leave, slightly more than 3, and once again the U.S. number is 6.8

In an average week, almost 4,000 babies are born in Florida and 27 die before their first birthday, this is from the March of Dimes. In Georgia, more than 2,500 are born weekly and 22 will die before one year.


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