The Hard Truth: Race Disparity in Infant Mortality

Statistics on infant mortality rates provide crucial information about infant and maternal health. Why are there nearly twice as many deaths among black Americans as white non-Hispanic Americans?

This informational campaign comes to you in partnership with the Stark County Community Action Agency.

According to the CDC, the top five causes of infant death in 2018 were:

  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • maternal pregnancy complications
  • preterm birth & low birth weight
  • birth defects
  • injuries

The national infant mortality rate in 2018 was 5.7 deaths in 1,000; however, non-Hispanic black Americans experienced 10.8 in 1,000 deaths while white Americans saw 4.6 in 1,000 deaths.

Why the disparity?

Accessible healthcare is essential in promoting prenatal, maternal, and infant wellness. If mothers and babies do not have quality healthcare untreated illnesses, birth defects, and death are highly likely. Additionally, available education can reduce the risk of SIDS and infant injuries. Often times, BIPOC communities do not have access to these basic resources.

The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an excellent resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services. For more information on infant mortality and how the CDC is helping, check out https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality-cdcdoing.htm.

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