KevinMD May 24, 2024
Whitney Weighall, RN

The U.S. infant mortality rate, children who die under one year of age, rose to its highest rate in two decades in 2022, up about 3 percent to 5.6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

At the same time, the nation’s neonatal mortality rate, infants who die in less than 28 days, increased by 3 percent from 3.49 to 3.58, and the post-neonatal mortality rate, infants who die between 28 days through 11 months, by 4 percent, from 1.95 to 2.02, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Industry experts call these trends “concerning” and “disturbing,” leading to a renewed industry-wide focus on how evidence-based perinatal research can improve care and clinical decision-making to reduce pregnancy-related complications...

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