12,233 more babies are alive today than would be if North Carolina’s infant mortality rate had remained at its dismal 1988 rate. However, after achieving a 44 percent decrease in infant death rates from 1988 through 2014, and reaching an all-time low of 7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010 (and again in 2013) the rate crept upwards to 7.3 deaths per 1,000 babies in 2015. This keeps North Carolina in the bottom ten in the country.
“It’s not a great surprise, but it’s still sad and frustrating,” said Janice Freedman, executive director of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. “The increase is more of a stagnation than an outright increase. We’re doing a lot but the need is so much greater than the resources.”
New data from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics show that 884 babies died in their first year of life in 2015, out of 120,826 live births. Every day in North Carolina 331 babies are born and an average of 2.4 babies die.
Rose Hoban. “NC Infant Mortality Rate Remains Stubbornly High” North Carolina Health News.
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