Infant Health

Data are for the U.S.

Live births
  • Number of births: 3,613,647
  • Percent of births with low birthweight (less than 2500 grams): 8.24%
  • Percent of births that are preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation): 10.09%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2020, tables 1 and 13 pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]

Mortality
  • Number of infant deaths: 19,582
  • Deaths per 100,000 live births: 541.9
  • 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, 2020, data table for figure 5 [PDF]

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Page last reviewed: May 16, 2022