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NC Infant Death Rate Drops PDF Print
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 20:07
North Carolina’s infant mortality rate is declining, experts say. 
In fact, the mortality rate was at its lowest level in state history last year, despite a record number of new babies. Minority infants, however, continue to die more than twice as often as white infants, statistics say. According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 8.1 babies died for every 1,000 births in 2006. The minority mortality rate, however, was 13.6 per 1,000 deaths, compared to white infants whose death rate was 6 per 1,000 births. Health officials are focusing on programs that will improve the health of all women- not just when they are pregnant, in order to help lower the rates. State health officials say they are putting particular focus to stop-smoking campaigns in local maternal health programs. The majority of infant deaths are caused by prematurity, low birth weight, birth defects and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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