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Infant Mortality Statistics and Research

In 2009, the year B’more for Healthy Babies launched, Baltimore City one of the highest mortality rate (IMR) in the City's history. The City’s IMR has since fallen by 38%—from 13.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009 to 8.4 in 2015. Sleep-related infant deaths in Baltimore City have decreased by more than 50% since 2009 (from 27 deaths in 2009 to 13 deaths in 2015).

Key Statistics

  • In 2015, a total of 73 infants died, resulting in an infant mortality rate of 8.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Sleep-related infant deaths in Baltimore City have decreased by more than 50% since 2009 (from 27 deaths in 2009 to 13 deaths in 2015), which has greatly contributed to the decrease in the IMR
  • In 2015, a black infant was almost 2 times more likely to die than a white infant, resulting in 23 excess black infant deaths*
  • In 2015, Baltimore City’s infant mortality rate was 1.3 times greater than Maryland’s rate, resulting in 15 excess infant deaths*

*Excess infant deaths are those that would have been prevented if the infant mortality rates were equal for both groups being compared
 


Maryland Vital Statistics Infant Morality Reports:

2014 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

2013 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

2012 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

2011 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

2010 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

2009 Maryland Infant Mortality Report

 

 

 

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