Fortunately, most newborns grow and thrive. However, for every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year. This figure, 6 deaths for every 1,000 births is referred to as the infant mortality rate. Most of these babies die as a result of:
- Birth defects
- Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and low birth weight (less than 5 pounds 8 ounces)
- Maternal complications of pregnancy
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Injuries (e.g., suffocation)
The top five leading causes of infant mortality together accounted for about 57% of all infant deaths in the United States in 2013
Visit the CDC website for more information on infant mortality.