The CDC announced that the infant mortality rate in the United States has hit an all-time low with 582.1 deaths per live births. This latest number is part of a downward trend. After peaking in 2005, infant death rates have been improving. Factors for this decline include a decrease in respiratory distress syndrome, a reduction of early inductions and C-sections before 39 weeks without a compelling medical reason, and the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, which urges parents to put babies to sleep on their backs instead of their bellies. The bad news: the U.S. infant mortality rate is still the worst among industrialized countries in the world and is extremely disparate depending on where you live. For example, children born in the poorest part of Washington D.C. are 10 times more likely to die before the age of 1 than children born in the wealthiest part.

via Parents

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