More preemies are surviving long enough to affect infant mortality

04/2/2013 | AL.com (Alabama)

The increasing number of premature and other low birth weight babies in the U.S. surviving long enough to be registered as live births is affecting the infant mortality rate, as these babies make up an increasing proportion of all the babies that die in the first year of life, a study showed. The improvements in the survival of extremely preterm babies may be due to better obstetrical and neonatal care, the study author said. The findings, based on birth and infant death records between 1983 and 2005, appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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