N.C. Infant Mortality Rate for 2012 Released


Press Release

N.C. Infant Mortality Rate for 2012 Released


    Thursday, October 3, 2013


Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov


Raleigh, N.C. - Today,   the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the   state's infant mortality rate for 2012.  According to statistics   released by the Department, the rate in 2012 was 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live   births.  The infant mortality rate for 2012, while the third lowest in   state history; is a slight increase from the 2011 rate of 7.2, and the   all-time low of 7.0 in 2010.

Deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continued a downward   trend from 50 in 2011 to 28 in 2012, according to the data collected by the   State Center for Health Statistics.

Continued challenges identified in the 2012 infant mortality data include:

  • There was a 7.8% increase in        the African American Non-Hispanic infant mortality rate with more than        twice as many African American babies dying before their first birthday        as white babies.  The numbers are also increasing in the American        Indian population as well.
  • Nearly half of women who        delivered infants were overweight or obese (48.5%).  Being        overweight or obese during pregnancy can increase the risk for Cesarean        section delivery, longer hospital stays, gestational hypertension,        diabetes, fetal death and birth defects.
  • About 20% of women ages 18-44        currently use tobacco; with 10.6% of women smoking during pregnancy in        2012.  Eliminating maternal smoking may lead to a 10% reduction in        all infant deaths and a 12% reduction in deaths from perinatal        conditions including premature delivery and low birth weight.
  • 12% of births to women in NC        have a birth interval of less than 6 months between delivery and next        conception, which increases the risk for miscarriage, preterm birth, low        birth weight and other pregnancy complications.

For a copy of the full 2012   Infant Mortality Report, visit: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/schs/deaths/ims/2012/