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%
  • Percent of births that are preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation): 9.9%

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

Mortality
  • Number of infant deaths: 22,335
  • Deaths per 100,000 live births: 579.3
  • Leading causes of infant deaths
    • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
    • Disorders related to short gestation and low birthweight: not elsewhere classified
    • Newborn affected by maternal complications of pregnancy

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2017

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Page last reviewed: January 20, 2017