Infant Health

Data are for the U.S.

Live births
  • Number of births: 3,855,500
  • Percent of births with low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds): 8.3%</li
  • Percent of births that are preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation): 9.9%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2017, tables 1, 21, 23 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.1 MB]

Mortality
  • Number of infant deaths: 23,161
  • Deaths per 100,000 live births: 587.0
  • Leading causes of infant deaths
    • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
    • Disorders related to short gestation and low birthweight: not elsewhere classified
    • Sudden infant death syndrome

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2016

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Page last reviewed: January 20, 2017