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Infant Mortality
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Infant Mortality measures the number of infant deaths that occur before age 1 per 1,000 live births. The ranks are based on a two-year average using the most recently available data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

 

Infant mortality is associated with many factors surrounding birth, including but not limited to: maternal health, prenatal care, and access to quality healthcare.[1] Congenital malformations are the leading cause of infant mortality followed closely by disorders related to preterm birth and low birthweight.[2] Infant mortality is commonly used to compare health between different countries because of its association with access to health care in the prenatal period and first year of life. The nation’s overall infant mortality rate is consistently higher than other developed countries, and significant racial and ethnic disparities exist.[3] The demographics of the mother are important predictors of infant mortality, with minority women and low socioeconomic status women having the highest rates. In addition to the demographic factors, there are also many health care system factors that influence infant mortality. Improving access to and utilization of ongoing prenatal care is a key strategy towards decreasing infant mortality, as well as reducing the teen birth rate and maternal smoking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has put together a fact sheet on preventing infant mortality at www.hhs.gov/news/factsheet/infant.html.



[1] Singh GK, Yu SM. Infant mortality in the United States: Trends, differentials, and projections, 1950 through 2010. Am J Public Health. 1995;85(7):957-964.

[2] Mathews TJ. Infant mortality statistics from the 2006 period linked birth/infant death data set. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2010;58(17):1.

[3] MacDorman MF, and Mathews TJ. Recent Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States. Hyattsville, MD: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics; 2008.

 

SC Infant Mortality (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of infant deaths (before age 1) per 1,000 live births.

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STATE RANKINGS

State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
1990 - South Carolina graph 49 13.00 View Actions
1991 - South Carolina graph 48 12.50 View Actions
1992 - South Carolina graph 50 12.50 View Actions
1993 - South Carolina graph 49 12.20 View Actions
1994 - South Carolina graph 48 11.50 View Actions
1995 - South Carolina graph 48 10.90 View Actions
1996 - South Carolina graph 47 10.30 View Actions
1997 - South Carolina graph 44 9.40 View Actions
1998 - South Carolina graph 43 8.70 View Actions
1999 - South Carolina graph 44 8.70 View Actions
2000 - South Carolina graph 48 9.60 View Actions
2001 - South Carolina graph 48 9.90 View Actions
2002 - South Carolina graph 48 9.50 View Actions
2003 - South Carolina graph 45 8.80 View Actions
2004 - South Carolina graph 46 8.80 View Actions
2005 - South Carolina graph 41 8.20 View Actions
2006 - South Carolina graph 46 8.70 View Actions
2007 - South Carolina graph 45 8.90 View Actions
2008 - South Carolina graph 45 8.60 View Actions
2009 - South Carolina graph 47 8.90 View Actions
2010 - South Carolina graph 46 8.50 View Actions
2011 - South Carolina graph 46 8.30 View Actions
2012 - South Carolina graph 40 7.60 View Actions
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