U.S. Has Terrible Infant Mortality Rate
Posted on May 10, 2006
America has the second-lowest survival rate for infants in the industrialized world—just above Latvia.
SAN FRANCISCO—Newborns in the United States have the second lowest survival rate in the industrialized world, according to a report released this week.
Babies in their first month of life have the best odds in Japan, which boasts the lowest newborn mortality rate of 1.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a report from the nonprofit group Save the Children. Latvia had the highest mortality rate among the 33 industrialized nations surveyed, at six newborn deaths per 1,000 live births.
The U.S. ranked next to last and tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia, which all averaged five deaths per 1,000 live births. The U.S. newborn mortality rate is nearly three times higher than that of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Japan, the study found.