Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More

Infant mortality rate by state 2011-2015 – CDC

The overall infant mortality rate–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births– in the United States fell 14% between 2005 and 2015, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.90 in 2015.

Washington rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

Mississippi had the highest infant mortality rate, 9.08,  and Massachusetts had the lowest rate, 4.28, a rate that is less than one-half of Mississippi’s rate.

Rates within Washington state varied considerable between groups and from county to county. African-American and American Indian/Alaska Native women in Washington, for example, experienced infant mortality rates twice the rate of those born to Caucasian mothers.

The rate among African-American mothers was 8.9 and among American Indian/Alaska Native was 8.4. Among Caucasians mothers, on the other hand, 4.2, half that seen among American Indian/Alaska Natives and more than half that seen among African-American mothers.

Environment and social factors, such as educational level, income level, housing safety, and employment can affect infant mortality. The leading cause of infant deaths in 2015 in Washington included congenital malformation, sudden unexpected infant death, short gestation and low birth weight.

County differences

Infant mortality rates varied across the state. For example, Stevens County had 3.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births as opposed to Clallam County that had 8.1. King and Snohomish had rates lower than the state rate of 4.8.

To learn more read:

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics 


Category: Childbirth, Newborn and Infant, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, Women's Health

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