Infant Health

Data are for the U.S.

Live births
  • Number of births: 3,747,540
  • Percent of births with low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds): 8.31%
  • Percent of births that are preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation): 10.23%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2019 pdf icon[PDF]

Mortality
  • Number of infant deaths: 20,921
  • Deaths per 100,000 live births: 558.3
  • Leading causes of infant deaths
    • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
    • Disorders related to short gestation and low birthweight: not elsewhere classified
    • Accidents (unintentional injuries)

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2019, table 5 pdf icon[PDF]

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Page last reviewed: March 2, 2021