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SUMMARY OF 2012 INFANT DEATH STATISTICS

INFANT MORTALITY:  For every 1,000 Michigan live births, approximately seven infants die before reaching their first birthday. In 2012, 783 infants under the age of one year died, resulting in an infant mortality rate of 6.9 per 1,000 live births. Michigan experienced a significant decline in infant mortality during the early 1990s; but during the 2000s the infant mortality rates remained around 7.9 deaths per 1,000 births. The 2012 rate of 6.9 may indicate a new drop of the mortality rates from the 7.9 average to a rate of around 7.0 or lower. (See Number of Infant Deaths, Live Births and Infant Death Rates for Michigan Residents, 1970-2012.)

Both the white and black infant mortality rates have stayed about the same in recent years, with a persistant racial disparity of about 2.8 black deaths for every 1 white death. In 2005, the white infant death rate was 5.5, and was comparable to the previous ten-year 1996-2005 average of 6.0 deaths per 1,000 white births. The black infant death rate was 17.9 in 2005, and was also comparable to the previous decade average of 17.6 deaths per 1,000 black births. In 2012 the white infant mortality rate was 5.5 per 1,000 live births while the black rate was 13.5 per 1,000 live births. Between 2005-2012 the white infant mortality rate has remained about the same, while the black rate has declined by 24.5% due to a steady reduction of infant deaths since 2005. The decline in the Michigan infant mortality rate is largely due to a reduction in black infant deaths. (See Number of Infant Deaths, Live Births and Infant Death Rates by Race for Michigan Residents, 1970-2012.)

The Michigan infant mortality rate continues to be higher than the last reported national rate. The provisional 2011 infant death rate for the United States is 6.1. (See Number and Rate of Infant Deaths by Race, Michigan and United States Residents, 1989-2012.)

LIVE BIRTHS: The number of live births has decreased steadily in recent years. In 2012, the number of live births was 112,708, slightly higher than the number of births reported in 1945. Nationally, there were 3,952,841 births in the U.S. in 2012, a decline of 8.4% from the record number reported for 2007.

CHARACTERISTICS OF NEWBORN: Certain newborns are at higher risk of dying. In 2012 infants born with very low birth weight (less than 1,500 grams) experienced an infant death rate of 247.3 per 1,000 live births compared to a rate of 2.0 for those infants weighing 2,500 grams or more. Multiple birth infants had an infant mortality rate of 29.9 per 1,000 live births compared to the rate of 6.1 for single birth infants. The excess male infant mortality normally reported in other years was present in 2012, with the infant mortality for male infants at 7.4 per 1,000 male live births and females at 6.3 per 1,000 female live births. (See Number of Infant Deaths, Live Births and Infant Death Rates by Selected Characteristics of Newborn and of Mother for Michigan Residents, 2012.)

CHARACTERISTICS OF MOTHER: Infant death rates were the lowest for mothers aged 30-39 years old and highest for mothers less than 20 years old. Unmarried mothers had infant mortality rates nearly twice those of married mothers. Women receiving inadequate prenatal care experienced infant mortality rates three times as high as those women receiving adequate prenatal care. Mothers exposed to secondhand smoking while pregnant had an infant death rate of 9.1 per 1,000 live births compared to a rate of 6.1 for mothers who were not exposed to secondhand smoking during pregnancy. (See Number of Infant Deaths, Live Births and Infant Death Rates by Selected Characteristics of Newborn and of Mother for Michigan Residents, 2012.)

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COMMUNITY LEVEL DATA: Infant mortality data are available at this site for most communities in Michigan. Data for local health department districts, counties and major cities and townships can be reached by using the Community Health Information Infant Mortality page. Supplementary tables’ specific to Michigan are available at the Michigan Vital Statistics Infant Mortality Statistics home page.

Questions regarding Infant Death Statistics should be directed to:

Michael Beebe
Vital Records and Health Data Development Section
Michigan Department of Community Health
201 Townsend
Lansing, MI 48913

(517) 335-8715 Voice
(517) 335-8711 FAX

E-mail: BeebeM@Michigan.gov

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