Infant Mortality

Definition: Infant mortality (rate per 1,000).

Unfortunately, about 25,000 infants die each year in the United States. The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many families and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families, as well as the nation. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants.

Where We Are
In 2013, the infant mortality rate in Douglas County was at 4.1 (per 1,000). This was lower than the State of Kansas for that same year.

Health Disparities
Among infant deaths per 1,000 in Douglas County from 2009 to 2013: White, non-Hispanic infant deaths per 1,000 by race were at 2.9 in Douglas County compared to overall at 2.7.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Goal of 6.0 infant deaths per 1,000.
Additional Information
Pregnancy and childbirth have a huge effect on the health of women and their families. Good preconception health care means living a safe, healthy lifestyle and managing any current health conditions before getting pregnant. By taking action on health issues before pregnancy, many future problems for the mother and baby can be prevented.

Helpful Downloads

Infant Mortality Trend Analysis
Infant Mortality Disparity Analysis