U.S. Rates of Infant Death Dropped 15% in the Last 10 Years

For a whole complex of reasons, which are often difficult to point to, the United States historically claims a higher rate of infant deaths than other developed countries. But according to a study released this morning, that’s starting to change.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the infant mortality rate fell 15 percent in the last 10 years.

This new report notes particular progress in the Southern and Eastern regions of the U.S., and it highlights Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina and Vermont, all of which declined their infant mortality rates by better than 20 percent in the study period. The nation’s capital saw a massive near 50 percent decrease.

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The CDC doesn’t cite causes for this progress. But experts suggest things like new mothers’ homes, decreasing the number of scheduled early births and better care for low-birthweight babies contribute to the overall lower infant mortality rate.

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