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How does infant mortality in the U.S. compare to other countries?

This slideshow highlights infant mortality rates in the United States, including variations by race and ethnicity and comparisons with similar countries. Although the U.S. infant mortality rate has decreased in recent years, improvement has been slower than in comparable countries. However, some of the variation is likely due – at least in part – to reporting differences. Within the United States, rates vary significantly by race and ethnicity, with Blacks continuing to have significantly higher death rates. This collection includes charts documenting mortality rates for infants less than 28 days old (neonatal), for infants between 28 days and one year old (postneonatal), and for infants younger than a week, along with fetal deaths of a minimum gestation period of 28 weeks or minimum fetal weight of 1,000 g. (perinatal).

The slideshow is part of the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system. More information about the analysis leading to the slideshow is available through the tracker.

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