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. 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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