infant mortality rate

Infant Mortality
4:01 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Declines

State Health Officer Don Williamson says Alabama's medical community has worked to decrease elective early deliveries, which has produced better outcomes.
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Alabama's infant mortality rate declined in 2013 and the infant mortality rate for black infants fell to its lowest level ever.

The state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the 2013 rate for all infants was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was down from 8.9 recorded in 2012.

The department says the infant mortality rate among black babies was 12.6, which was the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1950. The rate among white infants rose from 6.6 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.

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Healthy Babies
3:53 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Alabama Program Seeks To Lower Infant Death Rate

State Health Officer Don Williamson says it will take some time to lower Alabama's infant mortality rate which is usually amongst the highest in the nation,
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Alabama is launching a program called "State of Champions" to try to reduce the state's high infant mortality rate.

State Health Officer Don Williamson and Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday it will take time to reduce Alabama's rate, which is traditionally in the top three among states, but they are determined to do it.

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Infant Mortality
5:15 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Ala. Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Low, Still High

Alabama's infant mortality rate reaches record low.
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Alabama's infant mortality rate has reached an all-time low, but it's still high nationally.


Figures released by the state health agency on Thursday show Alabama's infant death rate was 8.1 infant deaths for every 1,000 births last year.


The figure is a record low, but it's high compared to the most recent national average. The U.S. rate was 6.1 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010, the latest year available.

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