CDC: Fewer preterm births help lower infant mortality rate

04/17/2013 | Bloomberg

Six in 1,000 children died within their first year of life in 2011, down from 6.9 in 1,000 in 2005, CDC researchers reported on Wednesday. They said that the 12% decline in the infant mortality rate can be attributed in part to a lower number of premature births. “One thing we think helped the preterm birth situation was trying to prevent medical interventions such as early C-sections and inductions," study author Marian MacDorman said.

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