KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief: Reducing Infant Mortality

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation

July 1, 2009

Summary

While infant mortality in this country has declined dramatically over the last 50 years, the U.S. has lagged behind other industrialized nations in its progress toward reducing the number of deaths compared to live births. This brief outlines four strategies for reducing the infant mortality rate in the U.S. and improving newborns’ health during the first year of life.

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Key Takeaway

Essential Strategies For Reducing Infant Mortality

The infant mortality rate in this country remains significantly higher than many other industrialized nations despite the U.S. outspending all other nations on healthcare. Four strategies that will help broaden the approach to women and infant health and further reduce infant mortality include:

  • Taking a lifespan approach to maternal and infant health, beginning well before conception
  • Ensuring that all women have timely access to prenatal care
  • Understanding and addressing racial and ethnic disparities that impact maternal and infant health
  • Promoting access to education and care for mothers and infants after the first month of life

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